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Factors that affect how much child support you will pay

Along with property division and child custody, child support is among the top concerns for parents when it comes to the final divorce order in Michigan. Fortunately, the payment is not chosen at random. According to MichiganLegalHelp.org, there is a specific formula the court uses to arrive at the appropriate amount of support.

How much each parent makes and how much time each of them spends with the child based on the schedule in the parenting plan are major elements in the calculation. The number also changes if there is more than one child, and takes health insurance and child care expenses under consideration. Standard support payments do not typically include all medical expenses, though, and there is a formula for determining the percentage of these each parent will pay.

Parents may agree on an amount that they feel is fair for their circumstances regardless of the result the standard calculation supplies. They have the option to submit a form to the court that explains the changes and why they made them, and a judge may or may not approve it.

According to the Michigan Legislature, the judge also has the discretion to change the amount of child support reached through the standard formula. However, this cannot be determined arbitrarily. It may only occur when there are circumstances specific to the case that would make the payment unfair. There must be a record of what the payment would have been, how the order has changed it and why the original payment was not appropriate in that particular case.

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