Child Support

Child Support

Child support is ordered or agreed upon to ensure a prosperous developmental environment for children in the event of parental separation. Martin Foldie Law has years of experience getting custodial parents or guardians the support rightfully owed to them for the care of children.

Common Terms

When discussing child support, there are several terms and phrases that you should 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 funds. 

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 to every eligible child. 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 impacts all parties involved.
For the established father, declaring paternity means that you will be held accountable for child support. 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 ordered 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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