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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Michigan on
Q: In Michigan, Does child support start at birth, or when paternity is established, or when the paperwork gets filed?

I am Canadian, my son's father is American. Support is being handled in Michigan, and custody in Ontario. Friend of the court said it's only valid from the time filed. So essentially, he's absolved of his parental responsibilities for the first 12 months of his life? When the... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Jul 12, 2021

Support would go back to when the action is filed; birth expenses - if the state paid for it, are separate and in addition to support.

The family courts mostly continued through COVID. Even if your particular court could not conduct a hearing - most made the transition to ZOOM hearings...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Health Care Law for Michigan on
Q: Will my ex be responsible for my child’s health care?

My ex and I just had a baby. I Found out five weeks before the baby was born that he was still married. And instead of him working from home he is actually a stay at home dad. I live in the state of Michigan and was already told by the child support division that he would be imputed at minimum wage... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Aug 17, 2020

Yes, medical coverage will be a part of the child support order. At a minimum, your ex will be responsible to the state for reimbursement of birth expenses. And so long as he (or you) have access to private insurance, one of you will be required to keep the child covered.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Michigan on
Q: MY SON GOING THROUGH A BAD CHILD SUPPORT , THEY KEEP PUSHING COURT DAY BACK CAUSE OF THIS COVID-19, THE STATE OF MI.

THEY HAVE TAKEN ALL HIS MONEY DISABILITY CHECK, UNEMPLOYMENT, STITULMUS CHECK, FOOD STAMPS, HE IS LIVING WITH ME NOW ALL FOR CHILD SUPPORT, WHAT CAN BE DONE, HE HAS NOTHING.

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on May 12, 2020

I take it this is a new support order or a modified one, to which your son objected. Now he's waiting on the hearing. Unfortunately, there is not much that can be done. At the hearing, if the court agrees with his position, there could be an argument made that whatever amount ordered should go... Read more »

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Q: In what way would a lockdown affect my child support case?
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Mar 24, 2020

Nothing will happen with existing orders at this time. To the extent that an order exists and is subject to income withholding, and the payer is not working because of the pandemic, I imagine that some relief will be forthcoming. How and what that looks like will remain to be seen.

If there...
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