Child Support

Traverse City, Michigan Child Support Lawyer Jeanne Hannah

The Michigan child support formula is used to calculate how much a parent should pay to support the children in the custody of the other parent. This formula takes into consideration the income of both the custodial and non-custodial parent. Sometimes there are exceptions to the formula based upon the specific facts of a case. Your lawyer can explain the formula and can also tell you about possible exceptions to the formula.

If a parent doesn't pay court-ordered child support in Michigan, this can lead to a contempt of court citation. Sometimes a parent may receive a jail sentence for non-payment of support. In some cases, a court will suspend the delinquent parent's occupational or driver's license. An order providing for immediate and automatic withholding of child support payments from any source of the payer's income is entered for every child support order paid through the Friend of the Court, unless the court orders otherwise or approves an agreement by the parties. The parties are allowed to "opt-out" of the Friend of the Court system if they wish, provided that no public assistance is being paid or is owed to a state.

The tax exemptions for the minor children belong to the custodial parent ; however, sometimes the parties may agree that the noncustodial parent shall have some or all of the exemptions. If the judgment awards the exemptions to the noncustodial parent, that parent must obtain a signed Form 8332 from the custodial parent. That form is then filed with the noncustodial parent's other federal income tax forms. The child tax credit and the interest deduction and tax credits for post-secondary education may be claimed by the parent taking the dependency exemption. The exemption waiver may be revoked.

Child support is modifiable upon proof of a change in circumstances. A parent is entitled to a child support review every three years. Child support is usually ordered until the child attains the age of eighteen years, or graduates from high school, so long as the child has not yet reached nineteen years and six months and regularly attends high school on a full-time basis with a reasonable expectation of completing sufficient credits to graduate from high school while residing on a full-time basis with the payee of support or at an institution. Enforcement of child support payments may be sought by a motion in the Family Court.

To schedule an initial meeting with child custody and support lawyer Jeanne Hannah or just ask a question, call or send an e-mail today. You will find custody and support questionnaires on this website. Fill them out and mail them in to Ms. Hannah's office or schedule an appointment and bring them with you.

Contact Traverse City, Michigan divorce lawyer, Jeanne Hannah at 231-275-5600  E-mail child support lawyer Jeanne Hannah.

Family lawyer Jeanne Hannah serves clients throughout Michigan, including Traverse City, Kalkaska, Petoskey, Charlevoix, Beulah, Cadillac, Bellaire, Grand Traverse County, Kalkaska County, Emmet County, Benzie County, Antrim County, and Charlevoix County. 2005 Jeanne M. Hannah

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Jeanne M. Hannah, Family Lawyer
Postal address:5922 Deer Trail Drive, Traverse City, Michigan 49684 E-mail: jeannemhannah [at]

Practice Areas: Divorce  Custody  Parenting Time  Child Support Post-Judgment Modifications  Paternity  Adoption  Personal Protection Orders  Spousal Support  Property Distribution  Pre-Nuptial / Post-Nuptial Agreements Estate Planning Guardianships/Conservatorships  Neglect/Abuse Cases 

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