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How to modify a child support order

If you decide to file for divorce, your children could suffer certain emotional and financial changes that can affect their lives in many ways. As a way to reduce the financial deficits that children may experience, the court may order the non-custodial parent to pay child support to the custodial parent. Both parents are financially responsible for supporting their children whether or not they are married. Even after a child support order is issued, however, certain life events may come up that changes the amount of money a person makes, as well as their ability to make their ordered payments. In these cases, a child support modification may be necessary.

Can child custody be negotiated through the mediation process?

Whether you are just beginning the divorce process or you have already filed your paperwork, you may be interested to know the significant benefits of mediation, especially when it comes to arranging child custody and creating a parenting plan. When you and your spouse decide to part ways, you must continue a relationship with one another when co-parenting your children.  

Gray divorce takes America by storm

There is no question that couples of all ages are filing for divorce at a rapid rate. In fact, nearly half of all marriages in Michigan and across the country end in divorce, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, the number of people over the age of 50 who are terminating their marriage is especially high, according to a study performed by researchers at Bowling Green State University. While 50 years ago, only 2.8 percent of people 50-years and older filed for divorce, the number jumped to 15.4 percent in 2011. Why are more couples separating later in life and causing this gray divorce phenomenon?

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