Child Support and Divorce for Men
At Shaw Law Group, PLC in Grand Rapids, Michigan, we represent the best interests of our male clients who are involved in a divorce as well as those unwed fathers who may have children with a significant other. Whatever the situation, we will ensure that you know your options and obligations when it comes to child support and that you are protected.
Child Support Calculations
Many divorcing fathers or newly separated fathers wonder what their child support obligations will be. Child support is mainly based on income but it is also heavily influenced by both custody and parenting time. Many times the amount of child support is based on the number of overnights each parent receives throughout the year. There are also certain expenses, including day care and health care insurance, that play a part in determining the appropriate amount support. While the child support calculator has strict guidelines, there are certain exceptions to the rules that we understand and may be able to apply to your case. Once we evaluate your circumstances we can explain your options and develop a strategy in regards to the amount of child support that is ordered.
Child Support Modifications
According to Michigan law, child support can be reviewed for a modification every 3 years or upon a "change of circumstances." It is important that you consult with a professional to understand both the law and your options from the beginning. Many times a child support order can be modified if the custodial arrangement or parenting time schedule has been changed by the parties. We always recommend that you keep both a journal and a calendar so you know the details of the custodial arrangement or parenting time schedule and are able to present these details to the court if necessary. It is vital that all options are explored and all potential support modifications are calculated correctly from the onset.
Shaw Law Group, PLC is a law firm that was established to defend the rights of husbands and fathers during divorce and other family law proceedings. Assumptions are often made about what men are entitled in a domestic proceeding and those assumptions are usually wrong. While it is a father's obligation to support his children financially, the calculations and modifications were set up to prevent financial hardship on the father. We will ensure that the guidelines are calculated correctly and your rights are thoroughly protected.
If you are uncertain about the amount of your child support obligation, if you believe you are paying too much for support or day care expenses, if you are the custodial parent and are in need of support from the other parent, or for any other reason, an aggressive lawyer focused on the rights of men can help you. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please contact Shaw Law Group, PLC.