At The Smith Law Offices, P.C., we offer focused representation to people throughout southeast Michigan, including men and women involved in child support disputes. Our lawyers are committed to your success, and we will take the time to listen closely so that we can identify all potential issues and challenges and can put together an effective strategy to get the outcome you want. We believe that the most effective way to build a strong attorney-client relationship is through face-to-face communication. We keep our firm small so that we can devote more of our time to each case we handle.
Because of our reputation for extensive knowledge, strong listening skills and a dedication to meet the needs of our clients, many of our new cases come to us as referrals.
In Michigan, as in other states, child support is calculated using state guidelines. The formula includes the incomes of both the custodial and noncustodial parent, as well as other costs such as day care, health insurance and unreimbursed medical expenses.
When you hire us to help you with a child support disagreement, we will carefully review all proposed or existing orders for compliance with Michigan’s standards. We will also investigate your ex-spouse’s financial situation so that we can verify all sources of income and make certain that they are included in the calculation. This includes self-employment income, seasonal income and commission-based income.
We will work with you at any stage of a child support dispute, whether your divorce was recently filed and you need to establish temporary arrangements or your divorce is final and you need assistance in proceedings to modify or enforce a final divorce decree.
We handle paternity disputes and the child support issues that can arise based on the court’s determination. We can also help you seek deviation from the state guidelines, when appropriate.