Alimony, or spousal support, is a confusing and often controversial topic for residents of Michigan and elsewhere. If you are the one who receives alimony, you may wonder if you can have the amount increased. Along the same lines, if you are the paying ex, you may wish to have the amount you pay reduced or eliminated.
It can be a crushing blow to receive a pink slip in Michigan, and even more so while you are paying child support to a divorced spouse. With your major source of income gone until you find a new job, you may have to seek a modification in your child support agreement. But to do so, you should establish your current financial status in a few important ways.
Divorce can take on a number of different meanings, depending on the specific family situation. For those with children, deciding on a child custody plan can often become the biggest obstacle of the process. Sometimes, Michigan parents realize that an initial plan has not gone as smoothly as expected. When this is the case, a modification may be the next step.
Anyone who has been divorced in Michigan can attest to the fact that the agreements condoned by the court often seem final. However, these judgments are made to fit the exigencies of a specific situation, and might be changed if the circumstances shift enough to make a change necessary.
When you and your spouse are divorced in Michigan, you usually have a parenting schedule so both of you can spend time with your child. Sometimes, though, you may realize that your parenting plan is no longer working for you and your child. In this situation, this schedule can sometimes be changed.
Once the judge finalizes the child support order in a divorce settlement, the order is not set in stone. In some cases, the judge may be able to reassess your case and change the amount of child support due each month. At the Law Offices of Lisa Stern, we know that changes in life occur, and that modification of a child support order may be necessary. There are, however, certain regulations that must be followed before you can be approved for this change.
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.
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.
Before a divorce can be finalized in the state of Michigan, the couple or a court-appointed judge must create the divorce settlement. While the terms of the settlement may be applicable to you and your spouse’s lives at the time the divorce is finalized, things change. At the Law Offices of Lisa Stern, we know that there may come a time when the details of the settlement no longer apply to you and/or your former spouse. In this case, a post-divorce modification may be necessary.
In Michigan, divorce courts making child custody decisions say that they are making those rulings after determining the best interests of the child. Many agree, however, that what those best interests are can often change over time. Some have suggested that, especially as they grow and mature, the children themselves should have more influence over what is in their best interest.