Whitehall, MI asked in Probate for Michigan

Q: I was extorted $6684.00 from probate court for minor getting put in a bootcamp I was not the custodial parent and had 0$

Was made to payback for a court ordered bootcamp,@ $126 per day for150 days I was asked to provide income proof which I did and had no income, was picked up 4 times on warrants in 3 months and was forced to pay full amount of bootcamp ex wife was on welfare. Was this fair? Hell no! How can I get my money back???

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Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
  • Probate Lawyer
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: I understand you weren't the custodial parent, but are you the legal parent to this child? If so, you are on the hook for court fees as much as the other parent.

This is the way the court looks at it: if a minor needs juvenile assistance, the parents - not the tax payers - should fund it. You and your ex are jointly liable. The state wants its money back, and since they can't get it from her, they will turn to you.

Is it fair to you? No, I'd agree, in relation to your ex. Is it fair to the tax payers to fully fund these services for parents? You won't get your money back from the court. Best you can do is sue your ex wife for her half that you paid, but good luck collecting from her.

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