How Is Child Support Determined?

Parents are financially responsible for their children until they reach the age of 18, as ordered by the courts. Child support is the regular compensation to the custodial parent from the non-custodial parent to mitigate the costs of raising a child. The state of Michigan employs a standard formula to determine the exact amount required to fulfill parental duties, and once this amount has been set by the courts, parents are not allowed to miss any payments. Consequences of failing to make payments can be severe, including hefty fines and jail.

Michigan Child Support Guidelines

The largest determining factor in calculating child support is based on the number of overnight visits the child has with either parent. This is regardless of either parent’s earning capacity or income. The only way to reduce the required amount is to prove it is for the child’s best interests. The Michigan State Disbursement Unit collects and Friend of the Court enforces child support payments by directly transferring them from the payer’s income to the payee.

While every family situation is different, the FOC works in conjunction with the courts to apply a formula which calculates child support. This formula considers several important factors which affect either parent’s ability to provide economic support and care for their child.

These factors include, but are not limited to:

  • Each parent’s income including investments, overtime, or other income. Other income includes retirement, social security, spousal support, military pay, etc.
  • Each parent’s tax or insurance deductions
  • Each parent’s tax filing status, i.e. single/married, the number of dependents or exemptions, etc.
  • The number of children involved
  • Parenting schedules
  • Scheduled medical costs and health insurance premiums
  • Childcare costs

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