A child has an inherent right to financial support from both parents. Child support is the court-ordered payment of money from a parent to the other parent for the support of a child. The Michigan Child Support Formula lays out a consistent formula Michigan courts are required to use to calculate child support. Factors that affect child support will include:
Income of each parent
Health care premiums
Extraordinary needs of a child
The Child Support Formula also determines the percentage of uninsured/unreimbursed medical expenses each parent will contribute on an annual basis.
Deviation from the Formula:
The Michigan Child Support Formula, however, does allow for deviations in certain cases, such as when parents have substantial incomes that cause child support to be much higher than reasonably necessary or when the calculated support is insufficient for a child who has extraordinary needs.
Modification and Enforcement
Child support is modifiable if there is a change of circumstances. Also, a parent may petition for a child support review every three years. Child support is payable until the child reaches 18 years of age or graduates from high school (but not past 19 1/2 years of age). Enforcement of child support and unpaid medical bills for the child can be sought by a motion to the Friend of the Court.
The Michigan State Disbursement Unit (MiSDU) manages the child support payments. You can access their child support account online at www.MiSDU.com.
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