Child Support Attorneys Dedicated To Advocating For Your Rights
For more than 45 years, our Brighton & Howell lawyers have protected the rights of parents and the best interests of the children. At Gormley and Johnson Law Offices, PLC, we are trial lawyers who do not litigate merely for the sake of litigation. We strive to provide our clients with swift resolutions and the highest level of service for their financial investments.
We serve Livingston County and surrounding communities like Brighton and Howell. Schedule a complimentary consultation by calling our Howell office at 517-219-9301.
How Is Child Support Calculated In Michigan?
Michigan uses a statewide formula to calculate child support. The formula considers factors such as the following:
- Gross income of each party (including potential for imputing income for an unemployed or underemployed party)
- Health insurance for children
- Number of children
- Day care costs
- Number of overnights with the children as determined in the child custody agreement
It is possible to deviate from the formula. Our skilled Howell and Brighton child support attorneys can assess the series of factors that can result in the deviation and demonstrate the fairness of the amount to the court. We are committed to ensuring that a fair and reasonable amount of support is determined.
The attorneys at our law firm have extensive child support experience, and have represented mothers and fathers. We are highly adept at obtaining child support agreements that fully consider all income. For example, if one of the parents is self-employed, we can work with a certified public accountant (CPA) to ensure the individual’s actual income is used in the support calculation. If one party is attempting to hide income, we have a team of experts available than can assist us in uncovering the income.
Child Support Enforcement
The firm also handles child support enforcement actions. If you are unable to continue making payments due to job loss or change in income, you should file a motion as soon as possible. If you are not receiving court-ordered support payments, you have options to recover past-due payments.
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We Welcome Your Call Or Email
Would you like to speak with an attorney regarding child support? To schedule your free consultation, call 517-219-9301. You may also contact our lawyers online. Our office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with weekend and evening hours by appointment.
How do I choose a good family lawyer?
It’s important to have someone you can talk to. If you’re able to be open and honest with your attorney, the two of you can find a solution that truly works for you.
Some people find it best to interview potential lawyers. This gives you a feel for their communication style. Remember, a lawyer works for you – not the other way around. Another important thing to discuss right away is payment. Understanding potential costs is a key component in legal cases.
When should I hire a family lawyer?
We how intimidating the legal system can be. However, it is best to get experienced guidance instead of trying to figure it out on your own. If you choose to go without representation, you could end up in a less-than-favorable position. We are here to protect your best interests every step of the way.
How can a family lawyer help you?
By knowing the laws, a family lawyer can put your case in favorable position. This is important when it comes to custody schedules, dividing property and determining alimony.
These cases are often highly emotional. Lawyers think logically and keep your best interests in mind. They also can clearly explain what your options are.
Ultimately, you will have to make the decisions as to how to move forward. However, having a clear understanding of what you can do is crucial. That is where our team can step in.
What should I look for in a family lawyer?
Someone you can trust is the most important asset. Since an attorney acts on your behalf, making sure that they understand your concerns is imperative.
For example, our firm has handled complex family law cases for almost 25 years. We are hands-on, communicative and compassionate. Our clients truly feel like the have an ally in their corner. This can make all the difference when you’re caught in a difficult situation.
How long will my family law case take to resolve?
Unfortunately, there is no set timeline for resolving a family law issue (or a set of issues, as is often required when getting a divorce). Each family is unique, which means each case is unique. As a general rule, however, any family law issue is likely to resolve more quickly if both sides can maintain open communication and show a willingness to negotiate. Conversely, if both parties dig their heels in and refuse to even consider an alternative position, the dispute could go on indefinitely.
Should I try to find a family law lawyer who shares a similar personality to mine?
Not necessarily. It is important to find an attorney you feel you can trust and with whom you can be open/honest. For this reason, you may think you need to hire someone like yourself. However, lawyers of many different personality types can be effective. Moreover, hiring someone with a different personality can be advantageous because they might offer a perspective about your case that you didn’t think of.
As we noted above, you do need to trust your attorney and to know that they are working in your best interest. This is something we attempt to show our clients each day – just as we have for the past 25 years.
Will allegations of domestic violence greatly impact my family law case?
Violence and threats of violence are an issue that often looms large in family law cases – particularly divorce and child custody matters. Whether you are the alleged perpetrator or the alleged victim, allegations of domestic violence will likely play a significant role in both the process and the outcome of the case.
When we represent you, we will help you give the court an honest and accurate picture of what has occurred – without minimizing or exaggerating – and provide any necessary context. Because we also practice criminal law, we are ideally suited to guide clients through criminal charges, personal protection orders and related matters.
Should I limit my social media use until my family law issue is resolved?
Since Facebook launched in the early 2000s, it and other social media sites have become a treasure trove of information in divorce, custody and other family law matters. As a general rule, it is a good idea to limit your use of social media during this time or at least be especially judicious about what you choose to post. You should assume that despite your privacy settings, anything you post online could later be seen by your spouse/co-parent, an attorney or the judge overseeing your case.
Call Our Trusted Family Law Attorneys To Discuss Your Case
In addition, we handle premarital agreements, paternity, stepparent adoptions, guardianships, estate planning and related concerns. To schedule your free consultation, call 517-219-9301 or email us. We serve clients in Livingston County and in nearby communities like Lansing/East Lansing, Howell and Brighton.