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Who has to carry health insurance for the kids?

One thing that is not affected by your divorce in Clinton Township is the love and affection you feel towards your kids. You no doubt want to continue to provide them with all they need; thus your willingness to meet your child support obligation. Yet one need that your kids will have that may be difficult to calculate is medical care. This raises the question of whether you or your ex-spouse is required to carry health insurance for your kids, and what portion of their medical expenses you will be expected to pay. 

Penalties for avoiding payment of child support

For parents who fail to make child support parents the consequences can be severe. Federal and state governments, including that of Michigan, have adopted aggressive collection methods, along with penalties that can include jail time, in an effort to ensure non-custodial parents are paying their fair share of the costs involved with raising a child.

How much is enough for child support?

No matter the details of the situation, divorce can affect every individual involved, thus making each process unique. A child's needs inevitably change as years go by, and without another parent's input and support, times can be trying. Of course, child support sounds ideal in any situation involving a young family member with various necessities. Unfortunately, however, child custody and support do not always go as planned. Michigan parents caught in a custody or child support-related battle may choose to take further legal action to get back to normal and happy family life.

Determining who pays for extracurricular activities

Although families in Clinton Township may find getting through a divorce to be difficult, live will eventually go on. For many of the kids in such families, that means continuing to pursue their interests through extracurricular activities. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that as of 2014, 57 percent of American children between the ages of 6 and 17 participated in activities such as sports, clubs, dance and music lessons. While most would likely agree that such pursuits help in developing character and assisting kids in building friendships, such activities can also cost a lot of money. This prompts the question of where does the payment of extracurricular activities fit into a child support obligation? 

A parent's worst nightmare

Divorce can be an excruciating process on its own; when children are involved, this process can become all the more challenging. But for some Michigan parents, the nightmare does not end when the divorce and child custody papers are finalized. Parental kidnapping can occur before this process is even over, and for many, the initial abduction of a son or daughter is only the beginning of a long and exhausting investigation. International parental kidnapping, however, is another story. 

Custody, visitation, and the holiday season

Disputes over child custody and a parent’s pursuit of his or her visitation rights can be a very sensitive, emotional topic. However, there are certain times of year, such as the holidays, in which these matters can have even more of an emotional impact for parents and their kids.  If you are in the middle of a custody dispute, or are pursuing visitation rights to see your child, it is particularly important to approach your case carefully.

How Michigan courts determine child support payments

Stories abound in Michigan about the aftermath of divorce and the cost of child support. Those stories tell of unfair payment amounts that prevent noncustodial parents from having a nice apartment, new car or some of life's little extras, such as tickets to a football game. Some of these tales are surely exaggerations, while others may seem to be all too true. So, how is the amount of child support payments determined?

If my ex-spouse has not paid child support, what can I do?

If the other parent to your children is the subject of a child support obligation and is not paying, Michigan law provides for many kinds of enforcement. Some enforcement options directly provide payments more expeditiously. Others do not make direct payments but put pressure on the other parent to start complying with the child support order.

Co-parenting schedule negotiations may be easier with a mediator

Even though you and your spouse have different ideas about how you want your co-parenting schedule to look after your Michigan divorce, you can probably agree that you both want what is best for your child. Many people use this as the basis to work things out with a mediator rather than allowing the judge to review each side and make an arbitrary decision. At The Law Offices of Lorrie J. Zahodnic, P.C., we often provide mediation services for people who want to come to an agreement rather than engaging in a legal dispute.

Why do I need the court's permission to move out of Michigan?

When you and your former spouse divorced in Michigan, you probably understood that because of your child, the two of you would continue to have at least a working relationship as you co-parent. However, you may not have anticipated the ways that your connection could affect your career. If you receive a job offer in another state, your child's other parent has a say in what happens next if you share joint custody.

Lorrie J. Zahodnic

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Lorrie J. Zahodnic, P.C. has provided skilled and compassionate legal guidance to Michiganders in family law matters for over 20 years.

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