Child support is intended to help the child share in the standard of living enjoyed by both parents.In most situations, the responsibility for child support payments will fall on the non-custodial parent or the parent with relatively fewer responsibilities regarding the child. Both parents, however, share in the legal duty to support the child. When calculating child support payments, Michigan courts must take several factors into account, including:
- Each parent’s income;
- The number of children to be supported;
- Any other children either parent is legally required to support;
- Additional expenses for child care and health insurance; and
- The amount of overnight parenting time granted to each parent.
According to Michigan law, child support is payable until the child being supported reaches the age of 18. If the child is still attending high school, however, support payments may be extended until the child is 19 ½ years old.