Although most parents want to do what is in the best interest of their child or children, there may be times, typically due to unforeseen circumstances such as an injury, lay off or unexpected medical expense, which may result in a decrease in income and a subsequent inability of the parent to pay monthly child support. However, ignoring the problem, avoiding paying child support or simply failing to seek a modification for child support payment can have dire consequences and penalties.
In any relationship child custody, child support and parenting time disputes between parents could arise at some point before the child emancipates. Every situation is different, but generally family courts apply the "best interest of the child" standard to determine which parent should get custody.
Every now and then, people may hear on the news or read in a newspaper that child support enforcement has increased and that authorities are rounding up parents who have failed or neglected to pay their child support obligations. What Michigan residents may not know is that depending on the amount of child support arrearage, the penalties for failure to pay can be very severe and potentially result in jail time.
Around New Year's, most people aspire to close challenging chapters from the previous year and they look forward to opening new chapters in the next year. Particularly when it comes to child support issues, both parents may want to put aside their differences and work in the best interest of their child.
In today's hard economic times many are facing challenges such as foreclosure, insurmountable debt, layoff and an inability to find gainful employment. Nevertheless, regardless of their circumstance, non-custodial parents are required by law to pay child support on a monthly basis. Economic dynamics have changed but laws which govern child support payments have not.