Trusted Child Support Lawyer in Birmingham, MI

Child Custody Lawyers Birmingham MI

Since 1988, the American Divorce Association for Men (ADAM) has represented clients in the Birmingham area in a wide range of family law cases including divorce, child custody, child support, and more. We are committed to being Michigan's leading divorce attorneys for men. Our clients benefit from a team of compassionate and skilled family law attorneys who have experienced countless successful mediations and trials.

We are a team of highly qualified lawyers in the Birmingham area who advocate for men's rights in divorce, child custody, paternity, property settlement, post judgment modifications, and a vast array of other family law matters. Men involved in family law disputes need strategic guidance and professional decision making through times that can be extremely stressful. Our approach is to listen, return calls promptly, keep our clients prepared and informed, and understand their priorities and concerns. We are dedicated to being Michigan's leading divorce attorneys for men and practice a policy of integrity in all our dealings.

Michigan's Leading Divorce Attorneys for Men

The resolution of child custody and visitation disputes requires divorcing parents to act rationally in their child's best interests at a time when they are facing the overwhelming stress of divorce. At ADAM, we provide our clients with strength and sensitivity. With you and your child's best interests in mind, we can effectively strategize and determine the best course of action. Early involvement from a trusted family law attorney at ADAM can help you achieve your goals.

Child Custody and Child Support Representation in Birmingham, MI

Child Support Lawyers Birmingham MI

At ADAM, we advocate for our clients in matters relating to child custody, parenting time and visitation. More and more, both parties work outside the home and equally participate in child care. The "cookie cutter" parenting time plan of alternate weekends and holidays should become a thing of the past. Creative schedules can be negotiated or litigated so the children benefit from comparable time with both parents.

What determines a court's decision on child custody? Michigan law requires that a judge evaluate 12 different factors, which are referred to as the "Best Interests of the Minor Child Factors." Central to that discussion is which parent has been the primary caregiver of the child. That is, who does the child look to for his or her daily needs, including health care, schooling, feeding, clothing and nurturing? Further, the factors primarily apply to a parent's capacity to parent.

Michigan Child Support

At ADAM, we will aggressively fight for a fair child support determination, whether our client is the one paying or receiving the child support. Child support is governed by the Michigan Child Support Formula, which is a numerical formula written directly into the statute. The formula takes into account both parties' incomes, minus certain deductions, the percentage of overnight parenting time each party has and an allocation of child-care and health care premium expenses. Of course, the final say in the amount of child support ordered for a party comes from the Judge assigned to the case.

How long is a parent legally required to pay child support? Are there extenuating circumstances that would require a parent to pay child support for a longer period of time?

Child support is payable until the child turns 18 or graduates from high school, whichever comes first. If a child has not graduated from high school when he or she turns 18, child support may continue until graduation but not beyond age 19 years, 6 months. In order for child support to continue after the child turns 18, the child must live with the payee parent full time, or attend a residential high school and be taking enough classes to graduate by age 19 and a half.

The parties may agree to continue support beyond age 18 and graduation from high school, but there are no provisions for support to be ordered by a court. Parties often put provisions for college education expenses in their judgments of divorce which are enforceable. If a parent is caring for an adult child with special needs, that circumstance could be relevant in that party seeking spousal support from the other parent.

Client Testimonials

"Dear Esteemed Lori Smith,

It is with absolute pleasure that I provide positive feedback regarding your representation of me during my divorce proceedings. I give you the highest degree of commendation regarding your professional services which were nothing short of stellar. I am grateful your firm took on my case and assigned it to you, as I cannot imagine there would have been any better lawyer to represent me. It is without reservation that I recommend your representation to anyone going through a difficult divorce. I hold you in the highest esteem as a stellar advocate for your clients."*

"I think its fair to say that I've been the poster child for persecution during my post-divorce legal proceedings. At least that was the case until my last court date when I believe the tide turned in my favor. I am writing to let you know that the turnaround was due to Frank Briguglio's efforts. My situation was not good and "checkmate" was imminent, but Frank not only did his homework but deftly transformed that situation by proposing a deal that saved our home from being taken and gave me the breathing room and hope for the future. In short, Frank did a great job!"* Don G.

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