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MI child support enforcement recovers $125,000 in payments

This past summer Southeast Michigan counties conducted child support sweeps, and collected an estimated $125,000 in past due child support payments from delinquent parents. According to reports, those parents who owed child support payments and had active arrest warrants were offered the choice of making payments to bring down their child support debt or to face the consequences of not paying child support.

Potential consequences of not paying child support

In child custody cases, generally, the non-custodial parent is required to pay the custodial parent child support. Michigan residents may find it interesting to learn that a 2009 U.S. Census Bureau report states that the average amount of child support payments, based on the custodial arrangement or other informal agreement, is approximately $445 per month, which amounts to about $5,350 per year. However, the actual payment received is only about $280 per month or $3,350 per year. Many may not realize it, but there are ramifications for not paying court ordered child support.

Parental rights versus grandparents' rights at issue

It is important for children of divorce to have a healthy relationship with not only their parents but also with extended family members such as grandparents. In certain cases, however, the acrimony surrounding divorce may lead one parent, or both parents, to deny grandparents the ability to see their grandchildren. In general, family law and grandparent visitation rights vary from state to state.

Property division options in a divorce

When a marriage ends, many divorcing couples wonder if they are getting a fair deal when it comes to the division of the assets and property. Even though most people don't plan on getting a divorce, divorces are still common. Thus, it is important for a divorcing couple to understand how state law impacts family law issues such as alimony, assets and property division.

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