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Grand Rapids Child Support Lawyer

Last updated on June 11, 2024

Every parent knows that their children deserve a proper upbringing. However, this can be a challenge for couples divorcing, especially when matters of child custody are concerned. Raising a child is difficult enough for couples, but what more for split parents?

It then becomes all the more important for parents who retain custody of their children to secure child support – a form of financial support – from the noncustodial parent.

At Toburen Law PLC, experienced Grand Rapids child support attorney Mike Toburen understands the intricacies of Michigan’s child support laws and is dedicated to protecting the best interests of your children. With a commitment to outstanding legal representation and a focus on your goals, he provides compassionate guidance and aggressive advocacy throughout the child support and any other family law processes.

What Is Child Support?

Child support is a legal obligation for parents to contribute financially to the care and well-being of their children. In Michigan, child support laws aim to ensure that children receive adequate financial support from both parents, regardless of their living situation. Child support typically covers expenses such as basic necessities, educational costs and health care expenses.

How Long Does Child Support Last?

In Michigan, child support obligations generally continue until the child reaches the age of 18 or graduates from high school, whichever occurs later. However, certain circumstances may extend or terminate the support earlier, such as a child’s emancipation, disability or parents’ agreement.

How Is Child Support Calculated?

Michigan follows specific guidelines to calculate child support amounts, considering factors such as each parent’s income, the number of children, childcare expenses and health care costs. Specifically, the following factors are considered:

  • The child’s standard of living prior to the parents’ divorce
  • The custodial parent’s income and resources
  • The noncustodial parent’s financial capacity
  • Any specific or unique needs the child may have

Lawyer Mike will carefully analyze your unique situation to ensure a fair and accurate calculation.

Circumstances For Child Support Modification

Life circumstances can change, and child support orders may need to be modified accordingly. Significant changes in income, employment status or the child’s needs may warrant a modification. Toburen Law PLC can guide you through the process of requesting or responding to a child support modification request.

Obtain The Guidance Of An Experienced Child Support Lawyer

The team at Toburen Law PLC understands the emotional and financial challenges associated with child support matters. Attorney Mike Toburen, a proud member of the local community, focuses on your goals and provides responsive, personalized service. Contact the firm today at 616-818-1842 or send an email to schedule a consultation and discuss your child support case with a dedicated Grand Rapids child support lawyer.