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Factors considered when seeking parental relocation

Once a parenting plan is issued in a divorce settlement, there may come a time when the terms of the plan are no longer feasible for the parents. Changes in life circumstances occur, and in some situations, it may require the parenting plan and/or divorce settlement to be modified by the court. When either parent moves a significant distance from the other parent, it may qualify for a modification, depending on the details surrounding the case. At the Law Offices of Lisa Stern, we understand that parental relocation is a somewhat common occurrence between parents; however, there are certain factors the court will look at when determining whether a modification will be granted.

Factors considered when determining child support in MI

When parents legally separate or divorce in Michigan, the non-custodial parent is often ordered by the court to pay child support. This money helps to support children involved in a divorce in an attempt to minimize any financial devastation that may occur as a result of the divorce. Michigan uses the income shares model when determining how much child support will be ordered. This model stems from the idea that children should receive the same amount of financial support that they would have received had their parents stayed together. The gross income of both parents is calculated into the final child support order. 

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