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.


Divorce Help for People in Lansing, East Lansing, and Okemos, Michigan.
Divorce refers to the dissolution of marriage. When you and your spouse make the decision to end your marriage, it’s important to obtain legal representation separate from that of your spouse. For any divorce case there are a number of issues that must be addressed and resolved before the divorce is finalized, such as matters involving child custody, child support, spousal support, QDROs, marital property division, and more. Hiring your own Lansing family law & divorce attorney is the best way to ensure your rights will be protected, and that you’ll have an experienced legal professional advocating for your needs, wants, and best interest in court or mediation.

Michigan Divorce Laws
Michigan is a “no fault” state, which means couples do not need to meet any legal grounds in order to be granted a divorce. In Michigan, couples wishing to divorce can file on grounds of irreconcilable differences. Fault, however can be taking into consideration by the court in division of property and in child custody arrangement. It is important that you have legal counsel helping you to properly evaluate assets, finding hidden assets, and finding all income sources.

Although a couple doesn’t need to have legal grounds, there are residency requirements that must be met. Before a couple will be granted a divorce, they must prove they have lived in the state of Michigan for at least six months prior to filing the divorce paperwork. A couple must also have lived in the county in which they are filing for divorce for at least three months. Lastly, once the divorce papers have been filed with the court, there is a six-month waiting period before the divorce is legally finalized.

Lansing Divorce Attorneys
Divorce is a very serious legal matter that needs to be handled responsibly. The terms of your divorce will have an effect on your life for many years to come. It’s important to have a clear objective of what you wish to achieve in your divorce, and then make sure those objectives are followed through. An experienced Lansing divorce attorney can help you through the divorce process while protecting your rights and helping you make informed decisions that best serve your unique needs and interests. Being an experienced divorce attorney, attorney David M. Clark has developed a solid understanding and keen insight into the divorce process, and can confidently provide you with the resources, advice, and guidance you need at each stage of your case. David M. Clark and The Clark Law Office are focused solely on helping you resolve the terms of your divorce in a way that satisfies the needs of you and your family, and allows you to move forward after this often difficult process.

Legal Separation

Another type of action, separate from dissolution, is a legal separation. A legal separation greatly resembles an action for divorce except that the parties are not free to remarry. One major advantage of filing a legal separation action is that, unlike dissolution, there are no residency requirements. In Michigan, a person does not have to obtain a “legal separation” before filing a divorce.


DNA testing is routinely used to establish paternity. But advances in reproductive technology and the changing nature of families are creating new challenges in paternity actions and other family law proceedings. Once paternity has been established and legally confirmed in a court, unmarried fathers and mothers both have rights with regard their child, including:

Physical custody or visitation.

The right to receive child support, depending upon custody considerations.

The right to make and have input into decisions about their child’s medical care, education, and religious upbringing.

Worker's Compensation

Under the Michigan Workers´ Disability Compensation Act, almost all Michigan employers are required to carry workers´ compensation insurance, to cover an employee who suffers an ” injury arising out of and in the course of employment.” A Michigan worker who is hurt on the job is entitled to benefits for wage loss, life time medical treatment, and rehabilitation services resulting from the Michigan work-related injury.

Under Michigan law, workers´ compensation wage loss benefits are 80% of the after-tax value of your average weekly wage. There are some complicated features to calculating wage loss benefits. When a worker’s weekly salary varies from week to week, wage loss benefits are based on the average of the 39 highest paid weeks in the last 52 weeks.

If an injured worker returns to work part-time, or at a lower-paying job, that individual still may be eligible for partial wage loss benefits, to cover part of the difference between the amount he or she earned before and after the work-related injury.

Michigan workers´ compensation pays for all medical care that is reasonable and necessary for treatment of a work-related injury, for as long as the worker requires treatment. Thus, a worker with a serious or chronic injury may be eligible for these medical benefits for years, or even for the rest of his or her life.

However, many times disputes with your employer may arise about what is reasonable and necessary treatment. Also many times Employers will tell you not to fill out an incident report that under Michigan Law needs to be filled out and given to your employer to receive workers compensation benefits. Additionally, the formulas for calculating your benefits can be very complex and confusing. For these reasons and many others you should enlist the help of an experienced Lansing workers’ compensation attorney such as David M. Clark and the attorneys at The Clark law Office to help you get the benefits you deserve. Seek the legal guidance that you need to complete and file a worker’s compensation complaint and receive the results that you are owed. We will file the complaint and have it filed with the Workers Compensation Bureau usually the day of your appointment.