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Michigan Child Support Definitions

The court may adjust the normal weekly child support award, of either or both parent’s share based upon the following:

1. If the non-custodial parent has the children more than 128 days per year.

The formula for determining the adjustment is as follows:

Formula:
( B x F ) - ( D x E ) / ( B + D )

A = The number of days the children spend with the Mother

B = The product of A multiplied by itself

C = The number of days the children spend with the Father

D = The product of C multiplied by itself

E = Mother’s Normal Weekly Support Obligation

F = Father’s Normal Weekly Support Obligation

2. Parent’s Weekly Child Care Expenses

The adjustment is as follows:

1. Parent’s total combined child care expense

2. Multiplied by number of weeks of child care

3. Less Child Care Credit received on last years I.R.S. tax return

4. Divided by 52

5. Multiplied by

Father’s Percentage Share of Net Income: For Father’s Adjustment
Mother’s Percentage Share of Net Income: For Mother’s Adjustment

The court may enter an order that deviates from the standard support formula if the court determines from the facts of the case that application of the child support formula would be unjust or inappropriate and sets forth in writing or on the record all of the following:

(a) The support amount determined by application of the child support formula

(b) How the support order deviates from the child support formula .

(c) The value of property or other support awarded in lieu of the payment of child support, if applicable.

(d) The reasons why application of the child support formula would be unjust or inappropriate in the case.