Child support in Michigan is set according to a formula. It is important to understand how the formula works in order to insure that the child support payment calculations are based on accurate financial information.
I bring more than 35 years of experience as a child support lawyer in Michigan and work closely with clients to provide them with advice and services tailored to their circumstances. I am familiar with all aspects of the child support formula and will work to help the court determine the fair and appropriate level of support.
DETROIT AND ROYAL OAK-AREA CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT ATTORNEY
Michigan’s child support formula looks at a number of factors to determine the fair and proper amount of child support, including:
- Earnings of each parent
- The number of children
- Special needs of the child
The formula is simple but its application becomes more complicated when one of both parents are self-employed, unemployed, employed on a part-time basis or have variable income due to overtime pay, bonuses and other compensation.
OVERNIGHTS IMPACT WHAT A PARENT WILL PAY FOR CHILD SUPPORT
One of the factors considered in determining child support is the number of overnights each parent has with the child. This is an issue that can potentially complicate custody and parenting time negotiations as parents strive to reduce the amount they pay or increase the amount they are paid. However, custody and parenting time should be about what is best for children, not what is best for the bottom line. With that in mind it is important to establish custody and parenting time independently from child support concerns.