Child Support Lawyer Bloomfield Hills Michigan
A child has the inherent right to the support of his or her parents, regardless of whether the parents are divorced, no longer in a relationship together, or no longer living together. The purpose of child support is not to punish the parent ordered to pay; rather, it is for the benefit of the child.
The amount of child support a parent must pay is calculated using the Michigan Child Support Formula, which takes into account the following factors:
- The income of both parents
- The number of children
- The number of overnights the children spend with each parent
The monthly child support amount includes base support plus or minus the amount that either parent pays for health insurance and child care expenses. In addition, the monthly support includes an amount for ordinary medical expenses, currently $357 per year for each child, and also determines the percentage each parent is responsible for those medical expenses not covered by insurance.
Child support is generally paid through the Michigan State Disbursement Unit (MiSDU), and Friend of the Court. Generally, child support payments are automatically withheld from the payer’s wages and are electronically forwarded to the recipient parent. When a payor is self-employed, income withholding is not an option and the payer must make direct payments to MiSDU using a payment coupon.
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