Child Support & Alimony

child support should go to help the other parent provide and care for the children

Every Michigan divorce judgment involving children younger than 18 (or 19 ½ if the child is still in high school), includes 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 the state of Michigan, a Michigan Child Support Formula is what judges and lawyers use to calculate how much child support a spouse will pay. This formula takes into account both parents’ incomes, the number of overnights each parent has with the children, and other details of the parental and custodial situation.

Child support should be used for general care of the children and their everyday needs. An additional amount goes toward medical support.

Where applicable, child care expenses factor into the equation. In some counties, the Friend of the Court recalculates the amounts every few years, to take into account evolving family situations and details.

While judgments do not automatically account for the cost of extra-curricular activities, college tuition, orthodontics, summer camp and other childhood milestones, divorcing parents can include such details in their Judgments. This provides an easy path to follow in the future.

child support or alimony are determined through factors and formulas based on each family's experience
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Spousal Support or Alimony

Spousal support is the legal term for alimony, which one spouse pays to the other spouse to help them survive.

Whether or not one spouse receives alimony depends on several factors. These can include:

  • length of marriage
  • age of the spouses
  • each spouse’s educational background, income level, needs & health

Some factors influence spousal support, such as whether one spouse remained at home during the marriage to care for children and has not had a reliable source of income during the marriage.