How is Child Support Calculated in Michigan?

In Michigan, is designed as a way for the non-custodial parent to support their children while they are with the custodial parent. The child support amount that is paid by the non-custodial parent is based on the income of both parents, the number of children, and the child parenting time arrangement.

The Michigan child support formula is based on the Income Shares Model, which means that child support is calculated by looking at the combined income of both parents and then determining what percentage of that income each parent should contribute. You must also know any health care costs for the child as well as childcare costs as those are factored in to the support payments.

The child’s needs are then met by apportioning the funds according to each parent’s share. In Michigan, child support is calculated using a software program called the Michigan State Disbursement Unit’s Children’s Economic Tool (CET).

To calculate child support in Michigan, you will need to know the combined gross incomes of both parents, the number of children involved, and the amount of time each parent spends with the child. It is important to note that this number is only a guideline and that the parents and courts can deviate from this amount for good cause.

Child support is always able to be reviewed by the court on request of either party. A party requesting a child support change needs to show that their circumstances have change, either by an increase or decrease in income, or having an increase or decrease in the amount of parenting time a parent has with their child.

If you have any questions about child support or concerns about the amount being paid by either parent you can call our office and speak to an attorney who can help you navigate the child support process.