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Michigan Child Support Guidelines

Child support refers to a parent's court-ordered payments to help with the costs of raising a child. The extent of the support is determined by the guidelines provided by the laws of each state.

In Michigan, child support obligations normally last until the child turns 18 years old, but can continue up until the age of 19 and a half if the child is still in high school and lives full-time with the parent that gets child support.

Starting the Child Support Process in Michigan

Either parent can begin the application process for child support by contacting the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). Additionally, a parent can apply for child support services online.

Uniform Child Support Order (UCSO)

Once the judge decides how much child support is appropriate, they will make it official with an order called a Uniform Child Support Order (UCSO). The court has to follow the child support formula when making the order. If the parents reach an agreement about the child support amount, the court can consider the agreement but doesn't have to approve it.

Michigan Child Support Guidelines at a Glance

While there's no doubt that it's important to read the actual text of a statute when conducting legal research, it can also be beneficial to read a summary of the law in plain English. The following chart provides an overview of Michigan child support guidelines, as well as links to the relevant statutes.

Code Section(s)

The best interests of the child are ensured to be focused on by Section 552.501, et seq. of the Michigan Compiled Laws, while Section 552.601, et seq. makes sure the child will receive support, health care, and parenting time.

Who's Responsible?

Both parents

How Is Support Calculated?

Child support is calculated based on the Michigan Child Support Formula. How much support the non-custodial parent must pay to the custodial parent is based on:

  • The parents' incomes
  • Custody and parenting time arrangements
  • The number of children supported
  • Medical costs
  • Child care costs
  • Other factors

Factors in Determining Child Support Amounts

Guidelines are based on the monthly income of both parents. Even if the parents aren't working, the court may order them to pay child support. In some cases, both parents may be ordered to pay support for a child not in their care.

What Is Included in a Support Order?

  • Monetary support (food, clothing, and shelter)
  • Health insurance
  • Basic education expenses.

An order can also include:

  • Child care expenses
  • Extraordinary medical expenses
  • Visitation travel costs
  • Extracurricular activities.

How Long Must a Parent Pay Child Support?

Until the child reaches the age of 18, or 19 and a half if they have not graduated high school and still live full-time with the parent who gets support.

Related Statute(s)

Michigan Compiled Laws

Note: State laws are always subject to change through the passage of new legislation, rulings in the higher courts (including federal decisions), ballot initiatives, and other means. While we strive to provide the most current information available, please consult an attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

Michigan Child Support Guidelines: Related Resources

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Get Legal Help Understanding Michigan Child Support Guidelines

Child support laws tend to be complicated, particularly when it comes to child support calculations. If you need help understanding Michigan child support laws, it's best to contact a local child support lawyer who can explain how these laws apply to your particular situation.

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