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Does the parenting plan affect child support payments?

If you and your spouse have always had different parenting styles, you may find it difficult to come to an agreement on a parenting plan during your divorce in Michigan. The amount of child support is another common source of conflict that often leads to litigation before or after the final court order. According to the National Conference of Legislatures, the state’s court system and child custody and support guidelines take into account the time each parent spends with the child when determining the amount.

It is true that a visitation schedule allowing your former spouse to spend more time with your child may result in a lower amount of court-ordered support. You may perceive this as negatively affecting your ability to take care of your child’s financial needs. However, data indicates that you are more likely to receive the full amount of child support if your former spouse spends more time with your child, a factor that improves your child’s general well-being.

If your spouse feels cut off from your child, he or she may be more likely to disengage from the relationship and feel less responsible for making financial contributions to your child’s welfare. Therefore, your child is served best financially as well as emotionally when you have a parenting plan that allows him or her to form a strong bond with both you and your former spouse. This information is general in nature and is provided for your education only. It should not be interpreted as legal advice.

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