Child Support in Michigan
In Michigan, child support is calculated by a statutory formula, known as the Michigan Child Support Formula (MCSF). While courts are permitted to deviate from the MCSF, they rarely do.
Child support is generally calculated based on two primary factors: the respective incomes of the parties, and the number of overnights each party exercises during a one year period.
The MCSF also calculates the respective percentages the parties will each pay of uninsured medical expenses, as well as daycare.
Alimony in Michigan
Spousal Support, also called Alimony, is not governed by a statutory formula in Michigan. Rather, spousal support may be awarded in the discretion of the court. It is important to know your judge!
Generally, spousal support is awarded (or denied) based on a number of factors, some of which include the length of the marriage, the relative abilities of the parties to earn, health of the parties, age of the parties, and much more.