Michigan Child Custody, Child Support and Parenting Time
Sadly, the consequences of divorce often affect children. Parents fight about custody and child support and argue about when they will each have parenting time with the children. At the law firm of Hauer & Snover, our lawyers help clients understand that child custody, parenting time and support are not only about them, but also about their children. We educate clients about the standards the court uses to determine custody, parenting time and support — the best interests of the child. We help clients accomplish their goals within the context of this standard.
Finding Child Custody Solutions in Your Child's Best Interests
Child custody involves determining where the child will live, who will make major decisions about the child's upbringing and how frequently he or she will have contact with the other parent. Options depend on the circumstances of the parents. Because every set of circumstances is unique, we make sure that parents understand their options. We help them work for the option that is best for them and for their children.
Bloomfield Hills Child Support Attorneys Answering Your Questions
Parents often have many questions about how financial support will be awarded following divorce. Will the support ordered be sufficient for the parent to care for the child? Will the ordered support be difficult for the other parent to manage on a monthly basis? We take time to answer your questions, explain Michigan child support guidelines and ensure the numbers used in the formula are correct. We are also experienced handling the unique child support issues raised when one or both parents have a high income.
Michigan child support awards are based on state guidelines that consider:
- Both parents' incomes
- Children from previous marriages
- Parenting time
- Health care costs
- Child care costs
Although this may seem straightforward, there are variables to be considered. All income must be accounted for. Courts may also consider one's unexercised ability to earn income. It is important to scrutinize the numbers that are used to calculate child support so that the final award is fair to both the child and the parents. Our attorneys understand the need to obtain all the necessary financial information to make a correct determination of child support.
Child support is often intertwined with issues of paternity. We help custodial parents seek child support from noncustodial parents; we also help noncustodial parents who wish to contest unreasonable support demands. As part of the educational process, we help fathers and mothers understand their rights and responsibilities as parents during and after divorce.
Resolving Post-Divorce Matters
Child custody/parenting time and support orders can be modified if there exists a significant change of circumstances. Those circumstances could include a child not doing well in school, a substantial change in income, a serious health issue or a parent wishing to relocate. Our attorneys are skilled and able to assist you in all child-related issues.
Contact a Successful Oakland County Family Lawyer
To discuss child support, parenting time or child custody with an experienced family law attorney, contact Hauer & Snover. Call us at 248-566-6780 or toll free at