Both unmarried parents and divorcing spouses in Michigan have the option of petitioning the court for financial support orders for their children or themselves. If you are unfamiliar with the process of calculating and requesting support, it is important to seek legal assistance to ensure that your financial future is protected. Attempting to petition for these orders on your own could potentially have negative consequences. At Bazzi Law, PLC, our team of attorneys is here to help you navigate this complex legal issue. We have successfully represented numerous families and individuals in Dearborn and the surrounding area, and our extensive knowledge of family law matters and legal procedures allows us to secure favorable results for our clients.
HELPING YOU RECEIVE FAIR CHILD OR SPOUSAL SUPPORT TERMS
WHAT SUPPORT ORDERS ARE AVAILABLE IN MICHIGAN?
All parents, divorced or unwed, are responsible for financially supporting their children. State formulas determine the amount of money each parent must pay according to a range of factors including:
Parental responsibilities regarding custody and visitation
The number of children who need support
Each parent’s income
In Michigan, a state formula is used to determine the base level of support awarded for children. However, judges have the discretion to increase this amount if a parent can demonstrate that the base amount is insufficient due to unique circumstances. Unlike child support orders, alimony, or spousal support and maintenance, is not mandatory in Michigan. Individuals may petition for long-term spousal support or interim support to cover expenses during the divorce process, but it is ultimately up to the family court judge to decide the amount and duration of these payments. Representing yourself in these matters can be risky, as your financial well-being is at stake. It is advisable to seek the assistance of an experienced attorney to ensure that your interests are protected.
PREPARED TO ADVOCATE FOR YOU IN AND OUT OF COURT
At our law firm, our attorneys are dedicated to providing comprehensive representation for clients involved in support negotiations and court appearances. Whether you are seeking increased support or challenging an existing support order, we will work diligently to build a strong case on your behalf. We also assist clients in obtaining back payments for child and spousal support. Our attorneys have the knowledge and skills necessary to use the law to secure the support payments you are entitled to receive.