Every Michigan divorce judgment involving children younger than 18 (or 19 ½ if the child is still in high school), will include a provision concerning child support. Child support is money paid by one parent to the other to assist in the raising of the children. In Michigan, child support is determined by a Michigan Child Support Formula, which takes into account both parents’ incomes, number of overnights with the children and other details of the parental and custodial situation.
Child support includes an amount of money to be used for general care and needs of each child, plus an amount for medical support. Where applicable, child care expenses are factored into the equation. In some counties, the Friend of the Court recalculates the amounts every few years, to take into account changing situational details.
While judgments do not automatically account for cost of extra-curricular activities, college tuition, orthodontics, summer camp and other major childhood milestones, divorcing parents often choose to include such details in their Judgments to provide an easy path to follow in the future.