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Back-to-school tips for successful co-parenting

With so many children in Michigan returning to class for a new school year this September, you might think that parents get something of a break after a hectic summer. However, we at the law office of Lisa Stern know that back-to-school time poses its own challenges, especially if you are trying to co-parent with an ex-spouse. Some of the most significant of these challenges involve costs related to your child's school attendance. 

What can I spend my child support money on?

If you are a divorced Michigan parent who receives child support from your children’s other parent, you may have read or heard conflicting reports on how you can spend that money. Some reports insist that you must spend your child support money only for your children’s basic necessities such as food, clothing and shelter. This, however, is untrue.

Does Michigan child support go past the age of eighteen?

The purpose of regular child support is to assist children of divorced or separated parents throughout their upbringing so that they can develop into well functioning and capable adults. Many assume that children no longer receive support upon turning eighteen years old. However, this is not always the case in Michigan.

What are penalties for non-payment of child support in Michigan?

Like many parents in Michigan who pay child support, you may find it inconvenient or difficult to make the payments. You might also have reasons you feel are valid to not pay. However, you should consider the potential legal consequences of withholding child support, of which there are many.

What if your ex-spouse isn't paying child support?

As a parent in Michigan, your parental responsibilities don't end after your marriage does. Even after divorcing your partner, it's still important to provide your child with the same financial stability that they would have had by growing up in a household with two sources of support. This is why child support payments are made. But what can you do if your ex-spouse isn't paying?

How does child support work in Michigan?

When Michigan parents decide to split, you need dedicated legal help to ensure that your child will receive the best possible post-divorce living situation. This is where Lisa Stern comes in, aiding families like yours through a divorce and supporting your child in the most effective ways.

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.

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