1. How do I get an order for support in Washtenaw County?
A petition requesting the Court to grant an order for support must be filed with the Washtenaw County Circuit Court. If both parties agree and sign an agreement (stipulation and consent agreement), that agreement will be entered as a support order if it is approved by the Court.
2. Do I need to have an attorney to get an order for support in Michigan?
A Michigan family law attorney is not required in order to file a petition for support in a divorce action. However, a Michigan divorce lawyer may be helpful when filing papers and following specific rules.
3. Does the Washtenaw County Circuit Court judge have to use the Child Support Guideline or the Friend of the Court recommendation when setting support orders?
The Michigan Child Support Guidelines and the Friend of the Court recommendation are used to assist the judge in making a decision concerning support amounts. The judge does not have to follow the Washtenaw County Friend of the Court recommendation or guideline when making a final decision