After Divorce: College Funding Responsibility

Who’s responsible for college funding post divorce? Although child support payments typically end when children turn 18, divorcing couples often agree to college funding as part of their settlement.  There are many considerations to discuss with your family law attorney regarding paying for college after divorce. The first place to start is whether the supporting party will be paying for college and, if so, how much. “For some divorcing couples, the answer is uncomplicated.  Money has been earmarked for college, Johnny’s interests come first, everybody can agree on who will pay what,” writes Jeffrey A. Landers in his article “One Continue Reading…

New for Co-Parents: Online Parenting Classes Now Available

Online Co-Parenting Classes May Satisfy Court Requirements There are online college degrees and virtual SAT tutoring so why not on online parenting classes? The digital age has given divorcing parents a solution to the difficulty of fitting court-ordered co-parenting classes into an already over-scheduled co-parenting life. Even if you are not required to do a co-parenting class by court order, it is a great idea to learn new techniques to parent together in difficult situations. Online parenting class providers include: Course for Parents Online Parent Class Online Parenting Programs Each online parenting class provider has a different programs and costs. Continue Reading…

Michigan Child Support Formula Updates for 2017

Every year there are (MCSF) Michigan Child Support Formula updates that determines how child support is calculated. Highland family law attorney Kathryn Wayne-Spindler recently attended the Institute of Continuing Legal Education Family Law Conference and came away with the article, “The 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Child Support, Period!” In general, the courts calculate child support based on the income of both parents and the number of overnights each parent has with the children. Here some highlights of the 2017 changes to income calculation for the purposes of child support: Michigan Child Support Formula Updates Retirement Payments The income Continue Reading…

Child Support Income Calculations

When it comes to trying to cheat the child support system, the Michigan courts have seen it all. They have seen drastic maneuvers by desperate parents eager to manipulate their income to avoid paying more support than they feel is fair. Unscrupulous ex-spouses may use tricky tactics to artificially reduce the income that is the basis for calculating child support. The thought process is that “I’m not giving my ex any more of my hard-earned money than is absolutely necessary.” The failure in that thinking is that the kids are the ones that lose. So the Michigan Child Support Formula Continue Reading…

Thinking of Divorce? You’re Not Alone this Time of Year

While kids are counting down the number of school days left before summer, some parents are counting the days for another reason – filing for divorce. When you think about it, there are at least three good reasons that June is a good time to file for divorce. 1 – Kids have the summer to adjust Some parents have been waiting until school finishes to file for divorce and tell the kids. Some people don’t have a choice because of finances or abuse but those who do may find the transition to be smoother by waiting until the kids are Continue Reading…

Child Support After Parent Death

When negotiating divorce and child custody agreements, it’s important to prepare for all possible scenarios. In terms of child support and custody, unfortunately, one of those scenarios is the death of one of the parents. It’s tragic to imagine this scenario from a child’s emotional perspective. As uncomfortable as it is to speculate, the potential death of either the custodial or non-custodial parent should be considered. Death of Non-Custodial Parent In the case of the death of a parent paying child support, the custodial parent may wonder where funds will come from. “It’s unfortunate when a parent who was charged Continue Reading…

Michigan Uniform Child Support Order Changes for 2016

Milford Family Law Attorney Kathryn Wayne-Spindler recently attended a Michigan Family Law seminar as a part of her commitment to continuing legal education. One of the presenters, J. Matthew Catchick, outlined several additions and updates to the Michigan Uniform Child Support Order paperwork. Wayne-Spindler shares some of the highlights here for her clients interested in child support issues. Uniform Child Support Order Payments Child Support can be paid through the Friend of the Court or independently. A Uniform Child Support Order (UCSO) form must be filled out properly and submitted to the Friend of the Court. “It is important to note Continue Reading…

Don’t Forget the Perks when Calculating Child Support

In Michigan, there is a set formula for calculating child support that a parent will either pay or receive after divorce. The amount is based on both parents’ net incomes among many other factors. The Michigan Child Support Formula Manual specifies in section 2.01 about Income, “A parent’s ‘net income’ used to calculate support will not be the same as that person’s take home pay, net taxable income or similar terms that describe income for other purposes.” “One common misconception is that income equates to the amount listed on each person’s W-2 forms,” states Child Support Attorney Kathryn Wayne-Spindler. “What they Continue Reading…

Instability Results in Child Misbehaving After Divorce

On behalf of Kathryn Wayne-Spindler & Associates, PC posted in Child Custody on Monday, September 22, 2014. Divorce affects not just the adults who want to call it quits but also the children who suddenly find their lives seemingly turned upside down in Michigan. This is especially true if the two parents are fighting for child custody. Research shows that children of wealthy families are actually more impacted by the split-up of their parents than poorer kids are. However, they appear to experience more benefits of becoming part of stepfamilies than poor children do. According to the study, the children of wealthy families usually experience Continue Reading…

Dividing Debt in Divorce as well as Assets

On behalf of Kathryn Wayne-Spindler & Associates, PC posted in Property Division on Friday, March 20, 2015. Negotiating a divorce settlement is never easy. For many Michigan residents, divorces involve property division, alimony decisions and child support agreements, all of which can be contentious topics. A few steps may help divorcing individuals to successfully navigate the divorce process and safeguard themselves against money problems following the divorce. Dividing Debt in Divorce Property division is not limited to real estate, but includes all of a couple’s assets. Marital assets often include retirement plans, homes, car and savings accounts. In addition to dividing assets, couples must also Continue Reading…