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Modifying a child support order in Michigan

On Behalf of | May 24, 2022 | Blog, Divorce

If you owe child support, many different challenges could arise that interfere with your ability to keep making payments on time. Whether you recently got a divorce or you ended your marriage many years ago, you could face harsh penalties in the state of Michigan if you fail to pay child support that you owe. Depending on your circumstances, modifying your child support order could be an option.

Child support modification could reduce the amount you owe, making it easier to pay in full and on time. However, you need to familiarize yourself with the modification process.

When are child support orders reviewed?

According to Michigan.gov, child support orders are automatically reviewed if the custodial parent or non-custodial party receives public assistance. These reviews take place after 36 months, and parents who do not receive public assistance can also ask for a child support order review after 36 months.

Even if 36 months have not passed since the most recent review, parents can file a motion in court to have the child support order reviewed.

What do you need to provide for a child support order review?

During a child support order review, you will need to provide information regarding your finances, such as your most recent tax return (or your last three tax returns if you have self-employment income), as well as your four previous pay stubs or a statement from your employer. You should also provide any other documentation that will assist the Friend of the Court with respect to child support.

When it comes to modification and other child support issues, make sure you have a thorough understanding of your options and rights.