Collecting Past-due Support
Problems in the collection of child support have been rampant nation-wide for decades. High levels of unpaid child support create hardships for the custodial parents and for the children, while increasing the number of people who need assistance in from federal welfare programs.
Federal laws now require the creation of a centralized unit for the collection and disbursement of support, in Michigan we have the MiSDU. That agency is responsible for the centralized receipt and disbursement of support. The Friend of the Court also continues to receive and process support payments, however those agencies and their hard working employees may not be enough. The Attorneys at The Cutler Law Firm utilize the services of private investigators and other specialists who are able to locate assets. Once located, those funds may be secured to satisfy the outstanding obligations of the payors. If you want a free consultation to discuss collection issues involving the locating and securing of past-due support, contact the Attorneys at The Cutler Law Firm (248) 489-8780 or complete the THE CONTACT FORM
In many cases, the payor's occupational license, driver's license or sporting license may be suspended by reason of an arrearage. When the accrued support arrearage exceeds the amount of two months of periodic payments, the suspension of these licenses may motivate the payor to satisfy their payment. Orders to deduct funds from a payor's periodic pay check may be secured, and if the problem persists, the prosecutor's office will be called upon to issue a criminal complaint and warrant for the arrest of the payor.
The Law Regarding The Collection of Support Payments
The basis for the Friend of the Court's enforcement responsibilities lies in the Friend of the Court Act, MCL 552.501 et. seq. and the Support and Parenting Time Enfrcement Act, MCL 552.601 et. seq. Remember that the Friend of the Court can only service those cases that have been designated as Friend of the Court type cases. This designation is established at the time of filing.
Due to the increased work load and financial concerns, several county courthouses have discontinued enforcement of spousal support only cases. The only remedy in these type of cases is through private counsel. Enforcement opportunities are abundant, including liens on real estate, interception of tax refunds, garnishment of accounts and wages, as well as execution upon personal property. There is always a way to secure the funds that are owed to you and your family - you just need to apply the proper leverage. Let The Cutler Law Firm be your leverage to secure what was promissed to you.
Michael H. Cutler, Esq.
The Cutler Law Firm
38275 West Twelve Mile Rd.
Farmington Hills, Michigan 48331