Child Support

Child Support Attorneys Serving Lansing, Howell and Jackson
In the wake of a divorce or legal separation, it’s important to keep things as stable as possible for your children. This includes making sure they maintain the same standard of living they had when you and your spouse or partner were living together. It’s important to understand that just because your marriage or partnership is ending, it does not mean your relationship and responsibilities to your children is also ending. As a parent, you have a legal and ethical obligation to make sure your children have the financial security to live a happy and healthy life.

Child Support Law
It’s not uncommon for two parents to disagree over the amount of child support that is to be paid. If you and your spouse or partner are unable to reach a mutual decision in regards to child support, the courts will intervene. The courts use a complex formula to determine which parent will pay child support, and how much one or both parents are required to pay. In simple terms, the formula calculates each parent’s income, the number of children who require support and the amount of parenting time the paying parent has. Other factors that play a role in determining child support include:

  • The child custody arrangement
  • If one or both parents are currently paying support for children from a different relationship
  • If one or both parents are paying for the children’s medical insurance or expenses
  • Which parent claims the children on his/her taxes
  • If any of the children have any special needs that require additional support
    All other costs associated with raising and caring for the children.

Child Support Modification
Child support orders can be modified to meet different needs in the parents’ or child’s life. Either parent can petition the court for a modification. The court will then determine whether there has been a significant change in circumstances either concerning the child’s needs or the payer parent’s ability to financially meet his or her obligations. The request or modification will usually be sent to the Friend of the Court for a review or contested hearing. Your should have an experienced attorney advise and represent you when you have your meeting with the Friend of the court.

Contact the Clark Law Office of Okemos, Michigan
If you have a child support matter, it’s important to seek the legal counsel of an experienced Lansing child support lawyer like David M. Clark and the Attorneys at the Clark Law Office. It can be very difficult, stressful, and frustrating to come to a child support arrangement of your satisfaction.

Whether you are seeking support from your spouse or partner, or your spouse or partner is seeking support from you, our Lansing child support attorneys can provide you with the experienced representation you need. As your attorney, The Clark Law Office is here to look out for your best interest and make sure you aren’t paying too much or receiving too little.

Traffic Violations

At the Clark Law Office, our Michigan traffic ticket attorneys have 30 years experience dealing with all types of traffic violations and tickets. Although you may think a traffic offense is not a big deal, they should not be taken lightly. With the current traffic points system being utilized in Michigan, every point counts against you and you are getting closer to facing potentially negative consequences such as license suspensions, revocations, and even driver’s responsibility fees. In addition, your car insurance provider will assuredly raise your payments due to your new driving record and increased points on your license. Michigan drivers with 7 or more points are forced to pay a yearly driver respnsibility fee. Getting your license restored is a timely and expensive process and with today’s fast paced world not having a license isn’t an option.

How Many Points Do You Receive For Various Traffic Violations in Michigan?
Each offense carries it’s own penalty, but the point totals can range from a simple two point ticket or up to a 6 point ticket. Here is a rundown of the most common ticketable offenses and the corresponding points penalty.

Speeding 10 MPH or less over the legal limit (2 points)
Open alcohol container found in the vehicle (2 points)
Refusal of a preliminary breath test (2 points)
Careless Driving (3 Points)
Speeding 11-15 MPH over the legal limit (3 points)
Failure to stop for a school bus (3 Points)
Operating while visibly impaired (4 points)
Speeding 16 MPH or more over the legal limit (4 points)
Reckless driving (6 points)
Felony involving the use of a motor vehicle (6 points)
Fleeing from a police officer (6 points)
Blood alcohol content of .08 or higher (6 points)
Refusual to take a chemical test (6 points)

Why Do You Need a Michigan Traffic Lawyer?
Most people simply pay the ticket when they receive a Michigan traffic violation. Although this may take care of the situation in the short term, most times you are better off by hiring an experienced attorney who regularly deals with the local prosecutors and judges. The Clark Law Office has handled all types of traffic tickets in numerous counties in Michigan. We know Michigan traffic law and we can use our knowledge to help you. Just because you recieved a traffic violation doesn’t mean that you are guilty, instead if you choose to pay the ticket you are admitting guilt. Don’t let your license get taken away or let your insurance rates go up, we can help.