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What happens if I cannot afford my child support payments?

Parents who owe child support payments in Michigan may find it difficult to keep up with these payments if their income changes due to job loss or the obtainment of a lower-paying job. Even with a change in income, these parents are still required to make the court-ordered payments. There are steps that need to be taken in order for these amounts to change, and there are consequences for those who do not keep up with the ordered payments.

Dads are getting more of a fair shake regarding custody

In the past, divorced dads in Michigan would often get the short end of the stick when it came to spending time with their children. Typically the courts would judge in favor of the mom for primary custody and the father would get every other weekend or only a few days a month. In the past years, however, there has been a change in how custody decisions are made, and there are more cases of equal sharing.

The importance of the child's needs in custody cases

Parents in Michigan who are going through a divorce have a big responsibility in deciding the best arrangement for child custody. The decision becomes a lot easier if the parents put aside their differences and focus on what the child needs and what situation would best suit him or her. 

Can your child choose which parent gets custody?

The complexities of divorce in Michigan courts are nothing to be sneezed at, between working out division of assets, spousal support, child custody and many other factors. But those factors can be complicated further by custody disputes between you and your spouse. So what happens when your child adds another layer of complexity by weighing in on his or her preference? Can you child choose which parent he or she prefers to have custody?

Consequences of relocation in child custody cases

Being passed from one parent to another to satisfy child custody agreements can cause some stress for children of divorced parents in Michigan. When one parent relocates to a different state, there are additional psychological consequences that can result in long-term issues.  

Healthy co-parenting after a divorce

Divorce is challenging for Michigan couples, but sometimes they are so focused on their own needs and grief they forget about their children's best interests. Child custody is a major decision in the divorce process, and the healthiest outcomes are those in which the parents take a co-parenting approach to keep the negative effects to a minimum.

What can you do if you lose all custody of your child?

There are few feelings more heartbreaking than fighting for custody of your child in Michigan courts and losing. Rather than face the prospect of never being part of your child's growth and development, do you have options to fight and possibly overturn a judgment denying you custody or visitation rights?

Child custody and the holidays

For many families, Thanksgiving and Christmas are joyous times when everyone gets together to celebrate family and friends. For divorced couples in Michigan, however, the holidays can be a time of stress and conflict. Dividing up custody time can be hard to decide, but planning ahead can make things go much more smoothly for the children.

Halloween, custody, and visitation

If you are a co-parent or are worried about your ability to spend time with your child after your divorce has been finalized, you may have all sorts of concerns. For example, you could be worried about how court decisions could affect your child's performance in school or the amount of child support you will be required to pay. However, it is essential to recognize the other ways that you and your child could be affected by the outcome of a custody ruling or your ability to secure visitation rights.

Custody and your child's school schedule

When a married couple determines that the time to end their marriage has come, they may go through various hurdles. Sometimes, couples struggle with the distribution of their property, while others may have a hard time with child support or spousal support payments. Our law firm knows that for those who have children, child custody can be particularly worrisome. For example, you may be stressed out about a custody agreement and your child's school schedule.

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