Pursuing Fair Child And Spousal Support
Divorce is often difficult for parents and children alike. However, at Lana Panagoulia Law, PLLC, we take pride in promoting positive relationships between divorcing parties and their children. Attorney Panagoulia is the mother of a teen and holds a master’s degree in teaching. The ability to effectively communicate with both her clients and the court is central to her practice of law.
In addition, Lana Panagoulia has extensive experience in the judicial system, focusing on family law. Tenaciously pursuing her clients’ well-being, she handles a wide range of divorce, child support and spousal support cases.
“I wholeheartedly recommend attorney Panagoulia as the best family law/divorce attorney in Michigan! Throughout the entire process, she was dedicated to the healthy well-being of my family while demonstrating her experience and expertise.” — Posted on AVVO’s
Child Support Factors
Child support in Michigan is calculated by a formula that takes many factors into account. These factors include both parents’ income, their ability to pay, parenting time schedules, day care and health insurance payments and more.
Child support is paid until the child reaches 18 or graduates from high school, but not beyond the age of 19 years and six months. The Michigan Support and Parenting Time Enforcement Act provides that child support may continue until a child is 19 years old and six months if the child is “regularly attending high school on a full-time basis with a reasonable expectation of completing sufficient credits to graduate from high school while residing on a full-time basis with the recipient of support or at an institution.” The relevant statute can be found at the Michigan statute, MCL 552.605b.
If your circumstances change, you can petition the court to modify the child support order. Child support is paid through the Friend of the Court unless both parties decide they want to “opt-out” of Friend of the Court services. You can always “opt back in,” to utilize the Friend of the Court for services, but you will likely have to pay a motion fee unless the court waives that fee because you lack financial resources.
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