During divorce, Michigan divorce courts use the income share model to determine child support. Michigan child support is calculated by estimating the amount of support the child would have received if the family had stayed together. This estimate is divided proportionally according to each parent's income.
The Michigan divorce courts use a child support worksheet and the estimated incomes, substantiated by past pay stubs or W2s to help with diving the child support payments between the parents. Either parent may be ordered to provide child support.
Michigan also uses a child support formula as a guideline for determining child support. The formula is considered correct, unless the divorce court is shown there is an unjust or inappropriate reason to use the formula in the case. If this is the case, the Michigan divorce court will consider many child support factors to determine child support.
To make sure Michigan child support is paid, the state has penalties to help with child support enforcement. To collect unpaid child support, Michigan may enforce a variety of penalties, which can include issuing a warrant for arrest, fines, or having an employer withhold income.
A local Michigan divorce lawyer can explain how the circumstances in your divorce may affect a child support obligation. Find out how much you can expect to pay or receive by speaking with a Michigan divorce attorney. Call 877-349-1310 or fill out a Michigan divorce case review to get connected with a Michigan divorce lawyer near you. Protect your child's financial future by speaking with a Michigan divorce attorney near you about collecting unpaid child support.
The above synopsis of Michigan divorce laws is by no means all-inclusive and has been adapted from applicable state laws. These laws may have changed since our last update and there may be additional laws that apply in your situation. For the latest information on these divorce laws, please contact a local Michigan divorce lawyer in your area.
Michigan divorce laws were last updated May 2009.
Note: Keep in mind that all divorce laws are complex. If you need legal divorce advice or want to fully understand how these laws affect you, please speak with a local divorce attorney.