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KingChicken Donating Member (814 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-14-05 08:29 AM
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Child support laws in Michigan are unreasonable...
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Look at this scenario: A father makes $50,000 a year, $1,000 goes towards child support each month. Father becomes unemployed, he continues to pay $1,000 a month, or he will go to jail. Mother can't or won't agree to a temporary lowering of the payment, and if the mother did, the father is still subject to arrest for failing to make full payment. Father applies for a court hearing to lower payments while unemployed, however must wait for months for the hearing while continuing to pay the mandatory $1,000 a month. Father finds a job while waiting for the hearing, and by the time of the review, his payments are increased because of his new job.

This is happening to someone I know, he is at risk of going broke because his payments continue regardless of the situation. He does more than his fair share of the work raising his son, which costs him money above and beyond his child support contributions. He will eventually become unable to pay, unless he finds a reliable source of income immediately. If and when he cant pay, he is subject to arrest, and faces time in prison, where he is still obligated to make payments.

This child support issue is bleeding responsible fathers dry, it doesnt matter what they do, they are fucked. How in hell can anyone expect fathers to continue to make payments even when they are hit by bad times, then expect them to make payments while in prison for not making payments? Michigan needs to realize how many fathers sincerely care about their children and stop persecuting them unfairly.
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