Are You Required to Pay Child Support after Involuntary Termination of Parental Rights?

On March 4, 2010, the Michigan Court of Appeals made a ruling in the case of In re Beck Minors, which required the father to continue child support payments even after his rights were terminated by the court.

The court stated that the duty to pay survives a termination of parental rights and advances the goal of creating stability and permanency in the child’s life.

The court also stated that if the parent was not required to pay child support after a termination of rights, it may force the one parent to avoid reporting any abusive or neglectful behavior of the other parent in order to preserve financial support.

However, this case has not been finalized.  The Michigan Supreme Court  has granted leave to appeal.

What do you think about this?  What do you think the Michigan Supreme Court will rule?

If you have questions about your parental rights contact David Lutz at (248) 624-5500 or visit our website www.ambrosefamilylawattorney.com

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1 Comment

Filed under Child and Spousal Support, Child Custody, David Lutz, Family Law

One response to “Are You Required to Pay Child Support after Involuntary Termination of Parental Rights?

  1. I understand the basis for this child support ruling and it makes a lot of sense. A child still need support even though the parents rights have been terminated. What happens in Michigan if there is an adoption?

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