How is child support calculated?
In Michigan, child support is calculated using the Michigan Child Support Formula, which can be found here.
The formula takes into account each parent's income, the number of overnights that the children spend with each parent, medical insurance and medical expenses, and child-care.
The State of Michigan recently released software available for free to the public to calculate child support. A link to the website can be found here.
SELF-EMPLOYMENT - Although there is a formula for calculating child support, challenges often arise when one party is self-employed or is not truthful in reporting all of their income. The discovery process can be helpful in determining actual income.
VOLUNTARY UNEMPLOYMENT - Additionally, if one party voluntarily quits their job or under-employs themselves, the Court can order that they be imputed the income that they are capable of making. Imputation means that the court would calculate the child support based on the ability to earn instead of what is actually being earned.
This article should not be construed as legal advice. Every case is different. Talk to your attorney today about any concerns you have. Call the Lashier Law Firm today at (586) 219-1984 or schedule your appointment online.