No matter how contentious a divorce proceeding may get, if there are children involved, all parties should at the very least agree that they want what is best for them. Along these lines, even though both parents have come to realize that they can no longer remain together, the child(ren) of the marriage, regardless of who has custody, must be provided for. A child support award is one way in which a family law judge can ensure that the child(ren) will be supported. There are Michigan child support laws that determine the basis by which support is calculated, in addition to other relevant factors.
There is a child support formula that Michigan family law judges are required to use. The goal of the child support award is to divide the burden of child-rearing related costs.
The point of the child support award is not to punish one party or the other, nor is it intended to be money spent by the recipient spouse for their own purposes. Rather, as mentioned above, the point of the child support award is to assist in the more equal distribution of child-rearing and costs associated with it.
Below you will find a list of questions we are commonly asked as Michigan divorce lawyers. Click on each question to be taken to additional information about Michigan child support.
Commonly Asked Questions about Child Support in Michigan:
- Is the determination of child support solely based on income?
- Does the court look at both parents’ income?
- Can the court impute income?
- How long will I have to pay child support?
- Are child support orders modifiable? (Stated another way, can they be changed?)
- Does the court have to follow the Michigan Child Support Formula?
- Can parents agree on a set monetary amount of support without approval or intervention from the court?