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To use the child support calculator, select or enter the appropriate information next to each statement.

When you have completed the form, click on the calculate button to get an estimate of the amount of child support that the non-custodial parent will have to pay to the custodial parent in Michigan.

Disclaimer: Please remember that these calculators are for informational and educational purposes only. The amount of child support a court will order for any particular case may be different from the amount estimated by the calculator.

For the most part, these calculators assume that all of the children at issue will primarily live with one parent. They are not intended to estimate child support for joint physical custody or split custody arrangements.

These calculators do not take into account any possible adjustments for children who are not subject to the custody order, but who are living with one of the parents. Finally, these calculators may be based on older or outdated state guidelines or calculations and may not take into consideration state or federal tax implications on income.

These and many other factors can affect a child support order entered by a court.

Frequently Asked Questions about Michigan Child Support Services

Who handles child support cases in Michigan?
Michigan child support is handled by Child Support Services – a division of the Department of Human Services. The Friend of the Court office performs all administrative functions involving Michigan child support. You can view their website at: http://www.michigan.gov/dhs/0,1607,7-124-5453_5528---,00.html.

Who is eligible for services?
You have to be eligible to receive child support services through the Department of Human Services in Michigan. The criteria for eligibility include:

  • People who receive public assistance for the care of a minor child
  • Parents of minor children, when one parent does not live with the child
  • Parents who are required to pay child support by a court order
  • People who have custody of a minor child

How do I modify a child support court order?
If you would like to increase or decrease the amount you are paying or receiving in child support, you can make a request for modification if there has been a substantial change in the financial situation of either you or your child’s other parent. The Friend of the Court reviews child support orders once every 36 months. If you are not on public assistance, you must make your request prior to the 36 month review time.  After your review, your child support order may or may not be modified.

What do I do if the non-custodial parent is not paying child support?
If a non-custodial parent fails to pay child support, there are many steps the Friend of the Court can take to penalize the delinquent parent and attempt to collect past due payments:

  • Income withholding
  • Credit Bureau reporting
  • Intercepting tax refunds, lottery winnings, unemployment insurance, and worker’s compensation
  • Denying passports
  • Suspending driver’s license
  • Placing a lien against real or personal property
  • Contempt of court
  • Felony prosecution

How much will I have to pay in child support?
Child support payments are determined based on Michigan state guidelines. Your financial situation, the number of children in the household, and other details are factored into the formula to determine how much you will have to pay.

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