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State Representative Kurtz introduces child support reform legislation

LANSING, MI (WTVB) - Measures introduced in the Michigan House will streamline court proceedings involving child support cases. That’s the word from State Rep. Kenneth Kurtz of Coldwater. Kurtz chairs the House Families, Children and Seniors Committee and he’s the sponsor of several of the measures and believes the changes will help children in Michigan by making child support hearings and collection work more efficiently.

The package consists of nearly 25 bills desisgned to help the custodial parent better provide for their child. “Many situations where child support proceedings are necessary are already stressful and create an emotional burden for the custodial parent,” said Kurtz, R-Coldwater.  “These parents are doing their best, in some incredibly difficult situations, to provide a brighter future for their child.  These reforms will make this process more efficient to help custodial parents get needed support for their child.” Included in the reforms are bills to allow prosecuting attorneys and friends of the court to consolidate all child support functions in one local agency, provide for a quicker method to establish paternity relying on science instead of lawsuits, authorizes a court to consider the best interest of a child when determining if it should revoke the paternity of a father and provide courts with an option for special dockets to monitor individuals who are in contempt and have certain disabling conditions that make them a risk to violate a child support order.

The first phase of legislation, has been referred to Kurtz’ Committee.  More legislation is expected to be introduced later this session.