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9 yearsago
Download the Initial Divorce Interview form Divorce is never easy, no matter how amicable a couple’s situation may be. Oftentimes, the most difficult part of a divorce is deciding when to file, particularly if children are involved. Working with the right Michigan attorney to ease the...
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child support Michigan divorceRaising kids is expensive. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that the cost to raise a child to the age of 18 is almost $250,000. This reality makes a detailed child support agreement critical in your Michigan divorce so you’re not left doing the lion’s share when it comes to paying for your child’s needs and wants until they reach adulthood.

7 Child Support Questions You Must Answer

The questions surrounding divorce may seem never-ending, but one place where you don’t want to slack is child support. You may long to be rid of your spouse, but that doesn’t mean you shoulder the load of paying for everything your child needs until he or she is an adult.

Which parent is responsible for what major expenses needs to be carefully detailed in your divorce papers, beyond the specifics of basic monthly child support. Before you sign anything, the following financial questions need to be answered:

  1. Which parent will include the child on their health insurance?
  2. Who will cover the child’s tuition (now and in the future), whether to private school, college, or otherwise?
  3. Will you both contribute to the costs of back-to-school clothes, school supplies, athletic equipment, class trips, summer camp, and extracurricular activities and associated expenses?
  4. Who will cover the cost of your child’s braces? Glasses? Contact lenses? Other medical needs?
  5. Who will pay for your child’s cell phone, tablet, computer, Internet access, and other technological needs?
  6. Who will pay for the child’s car (or help them pay for it), put the child on their car insurance, and pay for gas, repairs, and oil changes?
  7. Who can claim the child as a dependent on their tax returns?

Divvying up financial responsibilities like this can leave your child stuck between warring parents. If one parent wants to spite the other, or get something from them, they may hold a child’s needs hostage until they get what they want. So along with identifying who will pay for each of these items, there needs to be language that describes what kind of legal action can be taken or penalties can be incurred for not following through (e.g., turning off cell phone service because your teen won’t answer your texts in a timely manner).

Financially Protect Yourself and Your Child

Divorce can be a contentious mess. Parents will encounter hurdles they never anticipated. You may find yourself in a situation where your ex has no qualms about neglecting the needs of his or her children or sloughing them off to you alone.

Yes, divorce is about ending your marriage, but it’s also about protecting and taking care of your children. You may not want anything to do with your ex once the divorce papers are signed, but your kid needs your ex’s support in multiple ways, particularly financially – and you need that financial support too.

Don’t pursue a divorce without the help of an experienced Michigan divorce attorney. Child support is too serious to take lightly or attempt to figure out on your own. Contact Femminineo Attorneys, PLLC in Macomb, Michigan to schedule your free consultation.


What makes us the right divorce attorneys for you?

  • Family Law Expertise

    Most lawyers are in a general practice and do some of everything. One of our main focuses is on Family law and being expert at divorce, custody and support matters.

  • Strong Relationships

    We are in court daily, working with the family court judges, their staff and clerks, the Friend of the Court office, the Bar Association and other attorneys working in this area. We pride ourselves on fighting hard for our clients while working well with everyone.

  • Experience

    Our extensive experience and strong relationship with the courts and our peers leads many judges and attorneys to hire us to act as Mediators in other Family Law cases. Make no mistake; having a strong working relationship with the court can have a massive impact on your case. Unlike most attorneys, we have no fear of the court room and are in trial regularly against the best in the business. We see the judges every week and maintain strong ties with their staff.

  • We Care

    Although every attorney can “handle” your case, Femminineo Attorneys cares about you and your family. We work extremely hard to keep this difficult process civil and to shelter your children from as much of the negative facets as possible.

  • Commitment

    Once your case is concluded, we will be there to help you with any post-judgment problems that may arise.

  • Flexibility

    Everyone’s financial situation is different and we work with our clients to formulate a fee arrangement that works within your means.

  • Effectiveness

    We have handled every possible situation involving domestic law. We will do everything possible to wrap up your case in a timely manner, avoiding delays that cause unnecessary legal fees.

  • Tenacity

    When your case cannot be easily solved, we will fight hard and use all of our resources to win. Unlike most attorneys, we have no fear of the court room and we regularly win cases against the best in the business at trial.

  • Expert Staff

    Unlike many attorneys who have a part-time typist and work 30 hours a week, we have an expert staff available all day long to assist you and provide immediate service. We are available to our clients 24 hours a day through our hot line at 586-854-3654.

  • Personal Service

    At Femminineo Attorneys, your case will be handled by an experienced family law attorney. Each of our attorneys in our family law division has many years of experience in handling family law matters.

We encourage you to see these differences for yourself and call today to speak with one of our partners or schedule a free consultation at our office.

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