The Michigan Supreme Court has held that a parent's lack of resources could be a defense for not paying child support. The ruling marks a change from previous law. In practice, however, proving inability to pay may be very difficult.
After the economic crisis of the past few years, Michigan families have come to understand that sometimes you have to relocate. If there aren't enough jobs where you live, you might have to move elsewhere to find work.
The trend in society to discourage smoking keeps gaining momentum. It isn't only that many buildings must now be smoke-free, or that revenue-hungry state governments keep raising cigarette taxes. The latest potential consequence of being a smoker is that it can be a negative factor in child custody disputes.