Child support is often a very heated topic between divorced couples, but it is important to remember that there are always legal avenues to explore in order to resolve a dispute or conflict. If divorced individuals decide to take matters into their own hands, they may end up causing significant trouble for themselves and their growing child.
Child support payments may seem unfair or outrageous, but courts must balance the needs of many different parties, including the divorcing couple and the child, against the resources that each party has. Taking precedence over all of this is what is best for the child, and it is with this in mind that courts determine child support requirements. Unfortunately, some people feel that they should not have to pay as much as they do, and they simply refuse to make their required payments.
When a parent refuses to make child support payments, there will be legal consequences. Michigan law outlines provisions by which legal action can be taken in order to not only recover unpaid child support, but also punish the individual who is failing to make payments. Government agencies can propose petitions in order to garnish wages, revoke passports, suspend driving privileges and more. In most instances, the money will be recovered one way or another, so it is always best to make the payments if you can.
Of course, some people simply are not able to make the payments due to changing circumstances, such as loss of job or reduction of income. In the event that you are no longer able to make payments, or you feel that the payments have become unreasonable in light of your expenses, you can petition the court to have the child support order modified. It is a good idea to contact an attorney to help you better understand what you can expect from child support enforcement and how you may be able to have your payments modified.