Making certain that your children receive the appropriate amount of child support at various points in their lives is a top priority for most parents. Balancing that with a parent's fluctuations in income and wealth accumulation or major changes in a child's or parent's health is also important. At the Law Offices of Garton & Vogt, P.C., we have over six decades of combined experience. We are more than capable of helping our clients determine fair child support under the Michigan child support guidelines. When necessary, we partner with a network of experts to document the amount of a request for a child support order. In addition, our team includes a certified family law practitioner, who is well-versed in the details of Michigan family law.
For help in obtaining an order to pay child support, enforcing an existing order, or more, don't hesitate to call our Macomb County family lawyers at (586) 335-4394. We offer free case evaluations and are available for weekend and evening appointments.
Determining child support under the Michigan guidelines starts by determining each parent's income based upon the income reported on the tax return.
A judge would have to issue an order that obligates a parent to pay child support, either in the course of a divorce, during a paternity action or when two parents who never married have children together. If a judge has not ordered a parent to pay child support, there is no legal obligation for that parent to do so. The judge is not bound by a set formula, as the guidelines are just that — guidelines from which the judge can deviate if he so determines. The judge will consider what is in the best interests of the children when determining the amount of support. The judge can also request a significant amount of financial evidence from either party, which in some situations is specifically aimed at a parent who may be hiding assets or transferring them overseas.
Sometimes parents' circumstances change and the modification of an existing child support order is necessary. At the Law Offices of Garton & Vogt, P.C., we can help. We regularly represent parents in child support modification hearings and help them increase or decrease child support payments as necessary. Regardless of what changes you face, our attorneys will work to create a legal solution that meets the needs of your family.
To talk to us about your child support needs, contact the Law Offices of Garton & Vogt, P.C., by calling (586) 335-4394. We have an established reputation for excellence in Michigan family law and are AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell!