Joseph W. Vander Horst is an experienced attorney serving Southwest Michigan in the... more
Joseph W. Vander Horst is an experienced attorney serving Southwest Michigan in the areas of family law, business law, estate planning and probate. He was admitted to the bar in 1993 in all Michigan courts and federal court. Mr. Vander Horst is a member of the Kalamazoo County Bar Association. Mr. Vander Horst was born on September 28, 1956 in Kalamazoo Michigan. He graduated from Kalama... view profile
I am a native of Kalamazoo, graduating from Loy Norrix High School and earning my... more
I am a native of Kalamazoo, graduating from Loy Norrix High School and earning my Bachelor's Degree in Public Law from Western Michigan University. I later earned my J.D. from the Michigan State University School of Law. Most recently I received a Certificate of Completion in the area Family Law by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education. Prior to opening my practice I worked for Legal... view profile
If you are a parent and you divorce, the parent the child lives with often receives money (child support) from the parent no longer living with the child. Unlike alimony, which is paid to maintain an ex-spouse's lifestyle, child support pays for the child's physical, emotional, and educational needs. A child support lawyer can help parents negotiate and calculate child support, either by agreement or in court. While national guidelines to calculate child support amounts exist, you or the judge may choose to calculate the amount based on your income and the child's needs. A child support lawyer can be useful during negotiations to help objectively determine the most appropriate amount of child support for your situation.