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In 2017, the Michigan Legislature instituted a new formula for determining child support payments. This formula takes a couple’s incomes into account, as well as the number of children being supported, and all available deductions. For help calculating how much you or your spouse could owe in child support following your divorce, please contact an experienced Washington Township child support attorney who is well-versed in state law and can assist you.
In Michigan, parents are obligated to financially provide for their minor children. When it comes to child support, this takes the form of an obligation to pay:
Generally, these costs are apportioned between a child’s parents based on each party’s percentage share of their combined net income. The court also takes into account the amount of time that the child spends with each parent, as parents who care for a child overnight are automatically presumed to pay for that child’s food and other costs.
When it comes to calculating child support payments, one of the most important factors that courts take into account is each parent’s net income, which is made up of:
After accounting for and adding up these costs, divorcing parents are directed to calculate all applicable deductions, such as alimony paid to a former spouse, income taxes, union dues, non-discretionary retirement contributions, life insurance premiums, portions of a health insurance premium used to cover additional children, and healthcare coverage. The remaining net income is then multiplied by the number of children being supported, after which the court will break the total down into monthly payments that the non-custodial spouse is required to pay. Parents who fail to make payments in accordance with a court order face contempt of court charges, fines, wage garnishment, and even jail time.
When a non-parent is caring for a couple’s children, both parents are required to pay child support. In these cases, each parent’s base support obligation will be calculated based on individual income and the cost of medical expenses and healthcare.
If you have decided to file for divorce and have children with your spouse, you will need to grapple with a host of complicated issues, including child support and parenting time arrangements. For help, please contact the dedicated Washington Township child support attorneys at Iafrate & Salassa by calling (586) 263-1600 today.