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How To Begin The Child Support Process In Michigan

When parents separate, they often wonder how they will provide adequate emotional and financial support for their child. It’s important that both parents are actively involved in this process.

What Is Child Support?

Child support is a court-ordered payment to help with the costs of raising a child. Child support can include payments for a variety of expenses such as medical, dental, childcare and education. Child support continues in Michigan until the child reaches 18 years of age or 19 ½ if the child lives full time with one parent and is still attending high school.

There have been a number of changes to Michigan’s Child Support Formula Manual (MCSFM) this year. These are the first changes made to the formula since 2013 and include a variety of updated economic factors and procedural changes.

The amount of child support received depends on a number of factors including income, custody arrangements, the number of children requiring support, estimated and actual medical costs, childcare and education costs.

Beginning The Child Support Process

Either parent can begin the child support process. An application for child support can be filled out online or printed and mailed to the Michigan Office of Child Support.

After applying for support, it’s extremely important to remain actively involved in your case. Your cooperation with the child support program ensures the best possible outcome.

As you navigate through the child support program, you might find that not everything is under your control. It’s important to remember that the legal rights of all parties must be protected. It’s a good idea to learn as much as you can about Michigan’s child support program before beginning the process. This puts you in the best possible position to provide your child with the support they need.

Michigan Family Law

We understand how confusing the child support program can be. An experienced attorney can help you through the process. Nessel & Kessel Law has many years of experience with Michigan family law. We fight hard for our clients to ensure they get the results they deserve.

Please contact us for more information about Michigan’s child support process.

Bench Warrant Amnesty Program

The Wayne County Friend of the Court is now offering a limited amnesty program for those with warrants out for their arrest for failure to pay child support.  During this limited time the FOC will allow you to get your warrant dismissed and court costs that are generally assessed will be waived.

Those who wish to have their warrants dismissed must go to the Wayne County Friend of the Court, 645 Griswold, 2nd Floor, Penobscot Building, Detroit, MI 48226 and bring the following:

  • $250.00 or 1% of the child support arrears (whichever is greater);
  • government issued photo ID;
  • proof of income or other sources of income.

The program will from May 1 – May 24, from 8AM to 3:45PM.

After you’ve had your warrant set aside, that does not mean that your case is over.  In fact, that is far from the truth.  You still have to arrange a payment schedule or perhaps even modify the payments that you will make in the future.  If you would like assistance in handling your case call the attorneys at Nessel and Kessel Law for a free consultation.  We have a extensive experience in handling these specific matters.