When you get divorced, you always have a unique situation and final order. When you have children, there are extra considerations, like child custody and support orders.
What happens if you lose your job or face a healthcare event for your child that adds extra costs to your life?
What if you have to use a different daycare that costs an extra $250 a week?
These situations all may require child support modifications, but are they available to Michigan residents?
Changing support orders
Some Michigan residents have the Friend of the Court revisit their support orders every 36 months. Indeed, you too may request the Friend of the Court’s help every 36 months. Either parent can also file a motion to modify the order if they believe there has been a significant change of circumstances to warrant a change in the child support order.
When requesting a support modification, the courts may ask you to provide things like your most recent pay statements, tax income documents like 1099s and W2s and other relevant financial information. You need to be able to prove to the court that your request to modify the order is justified. So,whether you are seeking an increase or decrease in support, you must establish clearly the change in circumstances with verifiable proof.
Either parent may ask the courts to modify child support orders. You and our ex-spouse may also reach an agreement through alternative resolution methods over changes to present to the court.
If the situation is contentious, or you cannot reach an agreement regarding modifying an original order, you can ask the court to weigh in on the disagreement. Life changes are to be expected following divorce, so Michigan courts will hear your request, and they have the ability to approve, modify or deny your request.