Child support in Michigan is determined by applying a set formula. Usually, the court or friend of the court collects information like parties’ incomes, insurance expenses, day care expenses, and number of overnights with each parent and uses a child support calculator or computer program (a prognosticator) to create a Uniform Child Support Order. The amount of child support ordered usually has to follow the child support guidelines.
While this seems simple enough, it’s not always. Sometimes, one parent isn’t working up to his or her potential and income could be or should be imputed. Other times, one parent works for cash or has his or her own business, or has other “income” from somewhere other than a paycheck.
Our attorneys know the Michigan Child Support Formula Manual and can apply that knowledge to you case to make sure child support it set at the proper amount.