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Factors that affect how much child support you will pay

Along with property division and child custody, child support is among the top concerns for parents when it comes to the final divorce order in Michigan. Fortunately, the payment is not chosen at random. According to MichiganLegalHelp.org, there is a specific formula the court uses to arrive at the appropriate amount of support.

When child-rearing differences threaten co-parenting success

Maybe the clash between parenting styles was part of what led to a Michigan divorce, or the differences may simply add to the current difficulties getting along. Whatever the case, co-parenting will not get any easier while mom and dad allow the conflicts to continue. People often have a deep emotional tie to the way that they parent their children, though, and that may make compromise seem impossible.

What does the Friend of the Court do?

The goal of the Michigan family court judge is to discover the best interests of your child when determining custody. MichiganLegalHelp.org explains that if you and your spouse are not able to agree on a parenting plan or other issues based on court guidelines, a Friend of the Court may get involved and make a recommendation to the judge.

Before signing your child up for sports

Even though former spouses are co-parenting amicably in Michigan, they may not have the same priorities for their parenting time. One may prefer a more structured schedule, while the other enjoys relaxing at home or going on spontaneous outings. While addressing extracurricular activities during the development of a parenting plan is ideal, if they are not mentioned, working out the details could become problematic when the parents do not share similar goals.

Receiving child support from a parent who does not work

When you are facing a divorce and your child’s other parent is not employed, you may be worried that the court will not be able to award you child support, and that you will have the full financial burden of raising your child. Because the judge typically considers the ability to pay, and the resources each parent has, it may seem like a foregone conclusion that no paycheck will equal no support. We at The Law Offices of Lorrie J. Zahodnic, P.C., understand that there are many sources that child support may be drawn from, and we provide counsel on appropriate agreements.

Paying child support on time is important to your custody case

The state of Michigan takes child support during a divorce seriously. If your former spouse filed for divorce and custody, chances are that he or she has temporary custody of your children, while you are being expected to pay child support and see your children during scheduled visitation times only.

Challenges of custody and breastfeeding

During your divorce, you and your baby’s father have a number of hurdles to clear while creating a Michigan parenting plan. The court will want to know that you came up with an agreement that puts your child’s best interests first. However, what these are is somewhat open to the interpretation of the judge, and if you are still breastfeeding, you may worry that this will not be as much of a priority to others. At The Law Offices of Lorrie J. Zahodnic, P.C., we often represent parents of infants in preserving this important activity.

The ins and outs of stepparent adoption in Michigan

There are a number of reasons that your spouse may want to adopt your child in Michigan. For example, they may have a close parent-child bond, your spouse may demonstrate a willingness to take on the responsibilities permanently, or it may be helpful so that financial benefits such as an inheritance or life insurance can be established. Regardless of the reasons, we at The Law Offices of Lorrie J. Zahodnic, P.C., have a thorough understanding of the process, and often provide legal assistance in following through with the plan.

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