Child Support

Child Support

Child support is created in order to ensure a prosperous developmental environment in the event of parental separation. Allow Martin Foldie Law to get you the better results you deserve.

Common Terms

When discussing child support, there are several terms and phrases that you can familiarize yourself with in order to be better informed.  

Civil Contempt of Court – This occurs when court orders are not followed

Custodial Party  The person who has primary care, custody, and responsibility over the minor child

Disbursement – The payment of child support fund 

Intergovernmental – This occurs when a minor child and a non-custodial party live in a different state, country, or tribe

Minor Child – A person under 18 years of age 

Non-Custodial Party – The person who does not have primary care and/or has less visitation with a minor child 

Paternity Establishment – A legal declaration of fatherhood 

Michigan Child Support Laws 

The state of Michigan child support program works diligently to ensure that financial and medical support are provided. In order to receive support for a child in the state of Michigan, you must be either a parent or guardian of a minor child or one or both of the parents no longer live with the child; the minor child must be financially dependent on that person, and a court must have ordered the payment.  

The types available in the state of Michigan include:

  • Locating parents 
  • Establishing paternity 
  • Establishing court orders for child support, medical support and child care expenses 
  • Modifying court orders when appropriate 
  • Enforcing court orders for child support, medical support and child care expenses 
  • Working with other states, countries, and Tribal nations to establish and/or enforce support when one parent does not live in Michigan, or has assets in another state 
  • Collecting and processing child support payments. 

Importance of Paternity 

Determining paternity is an important legal declaration that impact all parties involved.
For the established father, declaring paternity means that you will be held accountable for child support and responsibility. This also grants you visitation and custody rights.
For the mother, a paternity test provides you with secured financial support for your child.  
For the minor child, having a legal father not only secures support but also provides you with the right to inherit and the right to personal health information.

Calculating Child Support

Official child support costs are calculated and given by a judge. However, if you want to estimate possible costs, there are several factors to consider, such as: 
  • Number of children who would possibly be receiving the support 
  • The monthly income of the non-custodial parent  
  • The monthly income of the custodial parent  
  • The monthly payments already existing from a previous relationship for both the custodial and non-custodial parent 
  • Cost of daycare for the non-custodial and custodial parent 
  • Cost of family health insurance paid by the custodial parent




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