A recent story out of Michigan takes child support enforcement to a new level. Children have a right to court ordered support and they depend on the money from their parents to provide for daily needs, as well as incidental expenses. This is why enforcement is so critical.
It's that time of years when governors release proposed state budgets. Governor Rick Snyder just released his budget ideas for 2014 and over two-thirds of the funds are to be earmarked for education and health and human services. The governor sees the state heading in a positive direction after the recent economic downturn and hopes that the budget will keep the state trending in that direction.
Concern about international kidnapping has prompted the Michigan Legislature to amend the parenting time provisions of the Child Custody Act (specifically MCL 722.27a). The new law requires any parenting time orders to contain this provision: Except as provided in this subsection, a parenting time order shall contain a prohibition on exercising parenting time in a country that is not a party to the Hague convention on the civil aspects of international child abduction. This subsection does not apply if both parents provide the court with written consent to allow a parent to exercise parenting time in a country that is not a party to the Hague convention on the civil aspects of international child abduction. The new law was enacted on January 9, 2013 and became effective immediately.
Every family deals with its own unique troubles and concerns. And certainly no family is immune from family law issues. But unfortunately, not all families are able to afford the legal assistance that is so critical to deal with these matters successfully.