Child Support

In Michigan the Friend of Court generally uses a pre-approved computer program to calculate child support. Some of the information used to calculate support is:

  1. The number of overnights each parent has with the child
  2. The income of each party
  3. The number of other children either parent has
  4. Whether either parent pays for medical insurance
  5. Whether either party receives government assistance

The court is able to deviate from the guidelines recommended by the program depending on the surrounding facts.

Once in place the Friend of Court enforces the support orders. If the party that is required to pay child support fails to do so a petition may be filed with the court. The court has the authority to require the party who failed to make payment(s) to show cause why they should not be held in contempt of court. If one is found in contempt the court can impose penalties upon that party which may include monetary penalties, loss of driver’s license, incarnation, etc.

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