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When can child support be modified?

When you are paying or receiving child support, the payments made are based on the current situations of both parents. The income of each parent is taken into account and the calculations should reflect the current financial realities of both.

When there is a significant change in the financial circumstances of either parent, it may be necessary to modify the child support agreement. It is important that the correct steps are followed when this is done so that the process can be smooth and efficient.

Gaining custody after substance abuse

When it comes to child custody and visitation rights, the best interests of the child in question is always of the highest importance. Therefore, it is never considered appropriate for a child to be in the care of a parent who is a substance abuser.

If a parent with temporary custody has been found to be abusing an illegal substance, the court will intervene by changing the custody order as soon as possible. This is because it is simply not possible for a parent to care for his or her child when under the influence of drugs.

Winning custody as a Michigan dad

As a father, you may often feel like the underdog in a custody case. However, you should remember that the judge in a custody case can never hold bias toward the mother or father because of their respective genders. The judge is there purely to decide what arrangement is in the best interests of the child.

In order to decide what is in the child's best interests, they will examine all the facets of the case. This will include the past relationship you had with the child in question. Here are some tips for fathers to ensure that they make the best possible impression on the judge.

Seeking visitation as an unmarried father

It can be heartbreaking if you are a father of a child but you are struggling to gain access to your child. You will feel frustrated and likely angry if the mother is not allowing you to have visiting hours or custody. However, it is important to remember that as a biological father, you will be entitled to custody or visitation as long as the courts rule that this is in the child's best interests.

As a father, the first thing that you should do is communicate calmly with the mother and express what type of visitation you would like. If you are not legally acknowledged as the father on the birth certificate, you should also ask for this acknowledgment.

Can wages be garnished for alimony payments?

Your ex never wanted to pay alimony, or spousal support, and you know it. However, you gave up your career for that marriage, you don't have any income of your own, and the court awarded you monthly alimony payments so that you had some support. It was one of the biggest things you worried about ever since your now-former-spouse asked for a divorce.

If your ex never pays, can you have his or her wages garnished to make sure you get what is owed to you?

Proving paternity through DNA

As a father, it can be extremely disturbing and upsetting if the mother is not acknowledging you as the father or if she is not allowing you to see your child. However, it is important to remember that the law is on your side. If you strongly believe that you are the father of the child in question, you have the right to request a DNA test so that it can be scientifically proven or disproven, and so that you can be the legally recognized father.

DNA testing is simpler than many think, and it is also remarkably accurate. It can help many people gain peace of mind and also can help them legally establish a custody agreement between mother and father.

Finances and your divorce

When it comes to divorce, there are so many issues to consider. You have to think about your future in terms of not only your children (if you have them) and your property but also your day-to-day financial situation. 

A common occurrence in marriages is that one person handles the majority of the financial logistics. That can leave the other spouse out in the cold when it comes to divorce and trying to divide up assets. If you are unsure about your financial situation and you are facing a divorce, here is some information that may be helpful as you move forward.

Understanding alimony in Michigan

As a person going through a divorce, one of your main concerns is likely to be whether you will be able to maintain the standard of living that you enjoyed while you were married, or whether you will be able to make ends meet once you are divorced.

Alimony is something that helps to equalize the playing field in regard to this matter. Its purpose is to make sure that the spouse with less income is able to receive financial support from the breadwinner. However, alimony is usually ruled as a temporary measure to provide support while the spouse is preparing to embark on a new skill or career.

Study: Divorce risk higher when wives feel more marital tension

A study recently published in the journal Developmental Psychology found that when wives experience more tension than their husbands do, the risk of divorce increases.

The study was done by the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, and data from the Early Years of Marriage Project was used. That research project began back in 1986. A total of 355 couples were followed for 16 years. The couples were about half white and half black. Interviews took place when the couples had been married between four and nine months, and then again when the couples were married for two, three, four, seven and 16 years.

Being a good father post-divorce

Going through a divorce is always a difficult process, and you may feel a great deal of guilt or worry about how the split may have affected your children. It is important to remember that going through a divorce could be one of the best things that you ever do for your children. Kids should never have to live in a home where arguments and fights occur frequently, and they are certain to be happier when they have to parents who are happy living independent lives.

Divorce is going to change the relationship that you have with your child or children because you may not have full custody of them anymore. But this doesn't mean that your relationship with them will weaken. You can choose to see it as an opportunity to grow closer with your children and spend more quality time with them.

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