There are a number of different factors used to determine how much the child support obligation will be. First and foremost are the incomes of the parties and the number of overnights that the children will spend with each parent over the year. Other factors are the amount paid for day care (if a child is under 12 years old) and the amount of money paid for health insurance for the minor children. In Michigan the Courts are required to following the Michigan Child Support Guidelines to determine the amount of support being paid unless the parties agree to deviate from the formula and can tell the Court why the deviation is in the best interests of the children. I can give you a detailed assessment of how much child support is likely to be. Do not go into a divorce guessing on this issue. Careful planning can make all of the difference.
Michael Olson is a partner with the law firm of Matecun, Thomas & Olson, PLC in Howell. He answers readers’ questions on legal matters affecting individuals, their families and their businesses. Email questions to [email protected], or if your question is urgent, call (517) 548-7400. The information in this column is not intended as legal advice.