Children Pay the Price for Decreasing Child Support in Michigan
11/16/2009

The spiraling unemployment rate in Michigan continues to threaten the financial security of families. Michigan was the 5th biggest loser in the list of states suffering from decreased unemployment in a report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics last month. Michigan maintains the highest unemployment rate in the United States at a whopping 15.3%, nearly double than one year ago.

Online PR News – 16-November-2009 – – The spiraling unemployment rate in Michigan continues to threaten the financial security of families. Michigan was the 5th biggest loser in the list of states suffering from decreased unemployment in a report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics last month. Michigan maintains the highest unemployment rate in the United States at a whopping 15.3%, nearly double than one year ago.

The stress on families from Michigan's economic peril is mounting. In Oakland County, child support is plummeting as parents lose their jobs. The claims for child support adjustments in Oakland County are up significantly from last year, with many people trying to wade their way through the process without legal representation. The impacts are great on families living on a tight budget, since two household bottom lines depend on the jobs of child support payers.

Unpaid Michigan child support exceeded well over $100 million from 2005 - 2008. But the issue is not limited to Michigan alone, and underlies the reason why unemployment benefits have been increasing in duration to as long as 99 weeks. But many parents have already been on unemployment for many months, and as they reach the end of their benefit period, the total unpaid child support is expected to increase significantly.

"It's a very complex situation and one that needs to be handled with dignity and compassion for the parents while keeping the children's best interest at the forefront of any child support change," expressed Henry Gornbein, a leading family law attorney in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

Many requests for child support amendments are being made without legal counsel as budgets tighten. Parents are afraid the cost of legal advice will far outweigh any financial improvement to be gained by requesting a modification to their child support.

“At this critical time in Michigan's economy, attorneys need to be sensitive to financial position of their clients, and work to help them find solutions that will work for divorced parents and children as a whole picture,” stated Danielle Smith, an experienced family law mediator and partner of Gornbein Smith Peskin-Shepherd PLLCSM in Oakland County.

As divorced parents are forced to become more creative about covering costs for their children, constructive collaboration can prove financially beneficial to all concerned.

“When divorced parents can work together, they can often realize better ways of providing more to their children,” encourages Alisa Peskin-Shepherd, family law mediator and partner in the Bloomfield Hills' family law firm. “Sometimes a neutral 3rd party who is fully informed about the legalities of child support can save divorced families from setting themselves up for financial failure. Parents should know that they can turn to mediation as an alternative to expensive, antagonistic trial-based divorce and child support settlements.”

The Law Offices of Gornbein Smith Peskin-Shepherd PLLC specialize in family law services in Southeastern Michigan. Their goal is to facilitate humane, dignified resolution to Family Law issues. Learn more about Michigan family law at the Family Law of Michigan website, Family Law of Michigan.

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