Child & Spousal Support Attorneys in Grand Rapids and Serving All of West Michigan
Obtaining Spousal Support and Child Support Terms You Can Live With
Divorce often creates financial hardships, but just as often, the hardships are not equally shared. At the Law Offices of Kelly G Lambert III, P.C, we help clients obtain more reasonable support terms they can live with in connection with a divorce. Offering more than 20 years of experience, we are ready to put our knowledge of the law and our other resources to work on your behalf today.
Don’t walk into the courtroom alone. Find out what our lawyers can do to obtain a fair spousal support or child support result. Schedule a free initial consultation today by calling our Grand Rapids law offices directly or by contacting us online. We are here to help throughout West Michigan. We are here to help.
Who Pays, How Much and for How Long?
Child support will almost always be ordered when minor children are involved in a divorce. The amount is determined by the child support formula set forth in the state’s child-support guidelines unless the parties formally agree to deviate from the guidelines. The child support formula takes into account the number of children in the family, child care and health care costs, the incomes of each parent and the number of times the children spend with each parent overnight. Parents can agree to deviate from the child support guideline amounts (subject to court approval). They can also elect to pay child support privately or through the state. Generally, child support ends when the child turns 18 and has stopped attending or has graduated from high school. In some instances child support can continue until the child is 19 ½ years old.
Spousal support (alimony)
Absent a mutual agreement, spousal support (alimony) is not required unless ordered by the court. In considering spousal support (alimony), judges look at a number of factors, including the length of the marriage, the relative incomes and earning capacities of each spouse and the ability of a party to pay spousal support (alimony). However, Michigan law allows judges to consider any other relevant factors. Spousal support (alimony) may be permanent, rehabilitative (limited in duration but long enough to allow a person to become self-supporting), or temporary (most often ordered for the time while the divorce is still pending). It can also be non-modifiable or modifiable.
Absent a non-modifiable support provision you can seek to modify the amount of spousal support (alimony) or child support you pay or receive at any point, provided you can show that there has been a substantial change in circumstances.