GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) - Michigan, like all the states, has a policy that a non-custodial parent should pay child support to the parent who has custody of minor children from the marriage or relationship. This is calculated via computer and includes the actual support for the child as well as daycare, health insurance and medical expenses.
Unpaid child support is a huge financial problem to the custodial parent and to the State which must supply public assistance to children with little or no support and who must prosecute those failing to pay. Failure to pay can result in wages being garnished, income tax refunds being seized and driver's licenses being suspended. It is also a criminal matter which can be a felony charge which can result in incarceration. It is important for the custodial parent to know that child support debts do not go away once your children reach the age of 18. The unpaid debt still must be paid. Unpaid Child support cannot be discharged in bankruptcy and cannot be forgiven. Under certain circumstances, such as the impossibility to pay due to permanent disability may offer a defense, but this is rare.
If you are owed back child support, contact your family law attorney or the Friend of the Court to help you collect your back support.
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