Child support is paid by the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent for the minor child's well-being and maintenance when parents are not married. In some cases, however, the non-custodial parent tries to evade paying child support. Enforcing payment of child support is one of the most important responsibilities for the Michigan family court authorities.
In many cases, it was observed that Michigan parents usually relied on informal child support agreements between the biological parents. While most presume that every parent would do the parent's best to support their children's upbringing, numerous cases of failure of informal child support arrangements have led to custodial parents going to court to determine, formalize and enforce child support payment orders.
Michigan authorities have devised many innovative tactics in order to recover delinquent child support payments. They may intercept tax refunds of the non-custodial parent or even inform credit authorities of the delinquencies.
Michigan authorities have conducted studies which claim that close to 70 percent of child support payments remained unpaid in the recent past. In many cases, not receiving child support payments can compromise a family's household finances and the quality of life lived. A child's education, health and overall well-being may be adversely affected due to non-payment of child support.
In some cases, the non-custodial parent has legitimate reasons for non-payment of child support due to financial adversities. An application with pertinent documentation may be filed with family court to request modification of child support payment orders in these situations. By modifying child support, the children get the support they need and parents can meet their financial obligations.
Source: Monroe News, "Plan ahead, get help when child support is missing," Paula Wethington, Feb. 24, 2015