For the most part, when a married couple in Michigan has a child, the husband is presumed to be the father of the child. But there are always exceptions to this rule and where short marriages or extramarital affairs are involved, the usual presumption of paternity may not be accurate. And not all paternity disputes occur when the children are at a young age. Sometimes paternity can be called into question with older children, even adult children.
Child support in Michigan in established for a reason. Children rely on those payments for daily living costs, as well as unexpected expenses that come with raising a child. States understand the importance of child support and don't want to allow parents to fall behind in making payments. Even for parents who move out of the state or county, there are ways they can be traced. And certain counties are willing to travel to track down money owed.
It's the news that no parents want to hear: a divorce may have a negative impact on their children. Parents in Michigan make the difficult decision to divorce after much contemplation as to how the split will affect their family and their children. Although parents may convince themselves that it won't affect young children as much since they are too young to remember the divorce, it appears that may not be the case.