Farmington Hills Child Support Enforcement Attorneys understand the challenges of dealing with child support issues. Child support not only concerns the noncustodial supporting parent, but also the custodial parent who will eventually receive the support. Generally, child support should be enough to cover the daily expenses of the children and the support payments will only stop once the child is emancipated or reaches the age of 18.
No one wants to bring up financial matters with family members. Money can be a difficult and uncomfortable conversation to have, but when it comes to child support matters, the discussion may be necessary. Child support enforcement is a problem in Michigan and throughout the country. Many parents simply are not meeting their support obligations.
Despite its name, child support is often very parent-focused. Child support discussions revolve around what the parent makes, how much they can pay, and all too often, why the parents are not making the support payments. But at the end of the day, child support in Michigan should be about the children. Children have a right to financial support to cover their basic needs and everyday expenses. If parents are not fulfilling their responsibilities to provide this support, then sometimes the state may intervene.
The state of Michigan has a few ways to ensure that parents follow through with their responsibilities to care for their children financially. If parents are ordered to pay child support and choose to not make those payments, the state can garnish their wages, suspend their license and even put them in jail for non-payment. In addition to wage garnishment, the state may soon have the authority to collect any winnings from Michigan casinos, and use those winnings to cover any owed child support.
No one wants to be known as a deadbeat dad, and certainly not as the "most wanted" deadbeat dad. But that is the title that one Michigan father has earned as he owes over half a million dollars in child support.
Children from all walks off life need support in some manner. Whether parents are married, divorced, famous or not, their children all share in the fact that they have a right to support. This right is what makes child support enforcement so important in Michigan. When a child support order is in place, a parent faces real consequences for non-payment or even late payments.
For Michigan residents accustomed to Midwest winters, a little snow and ice are nothing to worry about. But an ice storm that swept through the state over the holiday season had numerous unforeseen consequences on child support in Michigan.
When people think of amnesty, immigration issues probably come to mind. But amnesty is taking a different angle in one Michigan County. Genesee County established an amnesty program for parents with outstanding child support warrants.
Maybe we should be more surprised that this is the first we are hearing of such technology to enter the court system. But Michigan is moving toward instituting a smartphone application to allow court-goers to check in on a mobile device. The hope is to transition the state court system from its paper-bound ways into the Internet age.
Sometimes, parents just refuse to pay child support. In extreme cases, Michigan family court officials have no choice but to issue arrest warrants against these non-paying parents. This is what one Michigan county attempted over the summer as part of a child support enforcement program.