How does child support work?

My former girlfriend is expecting a baby in 4 months. She and I will no longer pursue further family possibilities. I want to obviously do what any responsible man should do, and contribute monetarilyto my child’s assistance; as well as spending time with them. Should I wait for her to file vs doing it myself once birth takes place? Also, the child will need insurance, is that included in child support? Lastly, is there a program where you pay the state directly on time as opposed to it being deducted from your pay?

Asked on August 22, 2011 Michigan

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

You need to be congratulated for stepping up to the plate and inquiring about your responsibilities in this matter rather than just sitting back and waiting for things to catch up with you.  You have two options here: one is to establish a parenting plan between you privately (but with an attorney) and establishing child support pursuant to the child support guidelines in Michigan; or you can go through the state through the Office of Court Services, which will also help you do both. The particulars of the child support model used in Michigan are best known to an attorney in your state and I would consider consulting with one to discuss the options fully before making a decision which way to go.  Good luck to you.

http://www.michigan.gov/dhs/0,4562,7-124-5453_5528_41276---,00.html


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