Michigan Alimony, Custody, Child Support Review Lawyer
When agreements for spousal support (formerly known as alimony), child custody, and child support are established, they are not written in stone in less you waived your right to modifiable alimony. Michigan family law recognizes that people’s circumstances do change. One parent may have a substantial increase or decrease in income. Another may need to move away to pursue a career opportunity.
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If you have experienced a substantial change in circumstances, the court orders involving spousal support (alimony), custody, and child support can be reviewed and, in some instances, modified. To determine what can be done in your specific circumstances, please contact the alimony, custody, and child support review attorney at Bain & Bain, PC in Novi or Howell-Brighton today. We offer a free consultation and provide experienced, cost-effective legal services.
Request a Child Support Review as Soon as Possible
Child support is always reviewable, within certain time frames. If you have been divorced and paying child support for years, then lose your job, you are entitled to a child support review. It is extremely important to contact an attorney as soon as possible to petition the court for a child support review. Child support modifications are retroactive only to the date of filing for a review. So, if you lose your job in January, but don’t file for a child support review until March, you are still responsible for paying the original amount of child support for January and February.
Child Custody Modifications
Child custody can be modified if there is clear and convincing evidence that there needs to be a change in the parenting plan. For example, the court does not consider the addition of a difficult new stepparent to the family clear and convincing evidence of the need for a modification. However, if a new husband or boy friend with a history of domestic violence joins the household where the children live, a modification is more likely.
When we offer divorce advice to our clients, we emphasize the importance of getting the support agreements right the first time, because it is often difficult to modify spousal support after a divorce is final. However, it can be done in certain circumstances. To discuss the specifics of your situation, please contact the family law attorney at Bain & Bain, PC today.