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Monday, May 14, 2018

Unpaid Child Support Never Goes Away


The Detroit News reported a case on May 8, 2018 that I found interesting (and a little amusing) as a divorce lawyer in Michigan.  The News reported that a man by the name of Joseph Stroup was arrested in Canada due to outstanding child support from a 1989 Grand Rapids case.  Mr. Stroup was hiding out in Canada under the false moniker "Joop Cousteau", not to be confused with Jacques.  Apparently the man fled the country after his divorce in an attempt to avoid meeting his child support obligations and was living under an assumed identity.


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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

How to Enforce Child Support

How Do I Enforce Child Support Orders?

Being awarded child support is helpful, but being able to collect it is even more beneficial. When the other parent refuses to pay child support, it can have a severe detrimental impact on you and your children.
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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Our Kids Are Growing Up. Can We Modify Our Custody Order?


Our Kids Are Growing Up. Can We Modify Our Custody Order?

One of the greatest joys of having children is watching them grow and thrive. As children grow, however, they need things around them to change in order to fit their new abilities and roles—everything from new shoes to fit their feet to new custody arrangements to fit their schedules and growing sense of independence.

While a child custody order sets rules for your co-parenting of your children, it is not set in stone. The order can be changed to reflect the changing nature of your growing children and your family.
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Looking to Calculate Child Support? Michigan Just Made it Easier…


Calculating child support can be a daunting task. Under the law, the calculation must take into account both parents’ income and expenses, as well as various other factors relating to the child’s unique financial needs (e.
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Friday, February 24, 2017

Post-Majority Child Support in Michigan


In Michigan, typically child support ends when the child reaches the age of 18 and the child is no longer a minor. However, an exception to this rule exists where the child is still attending high school and is residing on a full-time basis with the child support recipient.  In the matter of Weaver-Giffels v Giffels, COA 327844 (For Publication) November 10, 2016, the father challenged whether the daughter was actually residing with the mother on a full-time basis.

In that case, the daughter stayed with the father three nights per week and the mother four nights per week.  The father argued that support should not continue because the parties shared physical custody and the daughter did not live with the mother on a full-time basis.


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Friday, January 27, 2017

Failure to Report Income Fails in Michigan Child Support Case


In some divorce and post-divorce cases, one spouse or the other will underreport his or her income to the Friend of the Court (FOC)  in an attempt to avoid child support.  If an objection is not filed by one party, this may go unnoticed as the FOC is not really designed to investigate whether or not the documentation provided is full and accurate.  If one party objects then the FOC or the family law court will schedule a hearing and each side will present evidence.

This appears to be the situation in the matter of Thaxton v Thaxton, COA 327545, December 6, 2016 (unpublished), where the FOC recommended originally that the father pay the mother seventy-three ($73) dollars per month based upon tax returns provided by both parties.  The father hired an attorney and filed an objection.


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Friday, December 30, 2016

Child Support Enforcement in Michigan


Q: What Happens if I Don’t Pay Child Support?

A couple who creates a child together, through marriage or not, will often be bound for life through their mutual children’s lifetimes. Unlike a couple who splits without having children, they don’t make a clean break. If they have minor children, there will be custody issues and on-going decisions about their children's welfare, and the financial obligation of


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Friday, November 25, 2016

Paying Child Support in Michigan


Q: When do I have to start paying child support?

The obvious answer is…on the day your child is born. But for couples on the verge of a separation or divorce, the new reality of who pays for what, how much must be paid, and for what time frame are all issues that need to be resolved as the family splits up. When children are involved,


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Friday, November 11, 2016

You Can’t Punt on Your Child Support Obligations


Q: What happens if I can’t afford to pay my child support payment?

When a couple divorces, the needs of the children are top priority and that includes financial support. Child support is the monthly payment the non-custodial parent is required to pay to the custodial parent.


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