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?