Child support orders usually start from a child’s birth until their 18th birthday or until 19 ½ , if the child is enrolled full-time in school. Typically, the parent that spends less time with the child (the non-custodial parent) pays child support to the custodial parent (the parent having primary physical custody). In Michigan, the amount of child support is determined by the Michigan Child Support Formula (MCSF) and it takes into account the income of the parents, the number of children, health insurance, and child care costs, amongst other factors. Courts must order that the calculated amount be paid unless the parties agree to a different amount or it can be proven that the calculation is unfair or inappropriate. In either case, there must be a child support order that reflects the modification/deviation or the original order stands.
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