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What can and can't you use child support payments on?

Divorced parents in Michigan like you will likely be receiving some form of child support payment. These payments are specifically meant to help you make up the difference when it comes to the lost income that your ex-spouse was bringing into the family. It is designed for use on your child. So what exactly can and can't child support payments be used for?

Child support collections program makes $1.6 million

Parents across Michigan rely on child support payments to help make ends meet for their children, and a new Michigan program is making it easier for parents to pay their child support. According to The Detroit News, the state has already collected more than $1.6 million dollars in support payments through PayNearMe, which allows parents to go to a convenient retail store to make a child support payment.

Why children need child support

after you have filed for divorce in Michigan, both parties remain financially responsible for the children involved in the separation. One of the biggest mistakes parents make when filing for divorce is failing to pay the court-mandated child support on a regular basis. In Michigan, child support is calculated based on the income shares model, which uses the income of both parents to determine the amount of child support owed. This model is based on the concept that children should have access to the same amount of financial support that they would have had if their parents had remained together. Child support is essential in maintaining the quality of life and wellbeing of the child.

Avoiding support payments could lead to jail time

Child support is designed to help children maintain the lifestyle that they were accustomed to when their parents were married. It is based off of the belief that children are entitled to the same amount of financial support that they would have received had their parents stayed together. Children should not have to suffer financially because of the decisions made by their parents.

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. 

Does child support ever deviate from the formula?

Whether you are the custodial or non-custodial parent in a divorce case, you may be ordered to pay child support as part of the divorce settlement. In Michigan, the court generally orders the non-custodial parent to pay a set child support amount. This amount is generally calculated using a basic formula that takes into account both parents’ income, the living situation of the child and the families overall quality of life. There are situations, however, where the court-ordered child support may deviate from this formula.

What happens when parents fail to pay child support in MI?

Whether you have already filed for divorce in Michigan or you are in the primary stages of filing for divorce, the non-custodial parent will be ordered to pay child support for the children who are involved in the case. Child support is designed to bridge the financial gap that is often created during a divorce when parents separate and move into different living situations. Not only does it help the custodial parent make ends meet, but it ensures that your children are exposed to the same quality of life that they would have been if you and your spouse had stayed together. In some cases, negligent parents do not make their court-ordered child support payments. As a result, the child fails to receive the financial support they need and deserve.

Man is found, arrested for owed child support of $555,000

Many Michigan parents dutifully pay child support in order to ensure that their children are taken care of. Unfortunately, many others refuse to pay up and even evade police until they are finally caught. One man, who has been on the run for five years, was recently found and arrested for failing to pay child support. The total? More than half a million dollars.

Man gets prison for avoiding child support payments

Many divorced Michigan parents are obligated to pay child support payments to their ex-spouse after a divorce. Most parents dutifully pay these obligations, while others ignore them or go to great lengths to avoid them. One man is now facing prison time after hiding his assets in order to avoid paying child support.

R&B star R. Kelly behind on child support; jail possible

Many Michigan residents shake their heads when they hear of celebrities in debt and unable to meet their personal obligations. R&B superstar R. Kelly is the latest celebrity to face financial difficulties, despite the fact that he has sold more than 40 million albums. His latest issue -- failure to pay child support -- could actually land him in jail.

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