Throughout the United States, including Michigan, many children live with only one of their biological parents. Some never see their other parent, yet this does not mean they are any less entitled to the support of that parent. As a result, there are multiple laws in place governing a parent's obligation to make financial contributions to the care of their children in the form of child support payments. Usually, these payments are to be made on a monthly basis and often go to the custodial parent.
The amount that is owed and by whom depends on several factors. If you have recently divorced and have children with your former spouse, there is a chance that you could be issued a child support order, particularly if your ex has primary custody of your children.
As this article on family law explains, it is the family court that is responsible for issuing these orders. In general, the court will then work in tandem with child support agencies within the state to ensure obligations are being met and that your child is receiving the financial support that he or she deserves.
However, it can sometimes be difficult to keep up with payments, especially if your situation changes suddenly. If this happens to you, it is important to let the child support agency know as soon as possible as you may be able to renegotiate your obligations or sort out a more manageable payment plan.
Of course, all of this can be difficult to handle alone. Fortunately, there is help available. An attorney can advise you about the options available to you and may be able to assist you through the relevant legal processes as you pursue a fair and favorable resolution to your situation.