As many families in Michigan know, the costs of raising a child can soon add up, especially if you and your child's other parent are no longer together. Fortunately, the child support system is in place to help ensure that every child has the financial backing that he or she needs to live a full and healthy life. In general, the income and circumstances of each parent will be evaluated and a decision reached as to an appropriate monthly payment to be made.
If these obligations are not met, it can lead to legal proceedings and a warrant may even be issued for the delinquent parent. Equally, steps may be taken to acquire the money directly from the parent's income, through wage garnishments and similar methods. If delinquency continues, it is possible that the parent in question may be arrested.
Of course, the parent receiving the payments also has responsibilities. It is a great concern of the state that payments are spent on the children for whom they are intended. As such, some states enforce strict methods of monitoring and regulating such payments. For example, in some states a parent may be considered ineligible to receive child support payments if they are found to have participated in substance abuse.
If you are struggling with child support payments in Michigan, or you are owed payments that you have not received, you may benefit from the support of an attorney. He or she can explain your entitlements and may be able to assist you with launching an appeal and working toward a fair and favorable resolution to your problem.
Source: Charleston Daily Mail, "Drug testing public assistance recipients under discussion at WV legislative interims," Lexi Browning, June 8, 2015