CHILD SUPPORT: TO MODIFY OR NOT TO MODIFY

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CHILD SUPPORT: TO MODIFY OR NOT TO MODIFY

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Child Support is a hot topic this time of year. People are tallying up their holiday bills, reviewing last year’s wages, and taking stock of where they are financially. This naturally becomes a time when people on both sides of the child support equation become interested in modifying their support, either to get a reduction or to increase what they are receiving.

In the State of Michigan Child Support is governed by a mandatory formula called the Michigan Child Support Formula, which is explained in the Michigan Child Support Manual. The most recent copy of the Michigan Child Support can be found here. This is a valuable resource in evaluating whether or not to pursue a modification of child support. There are exceptions that fall within the child support formula and these are discussed in detail in the manual.

A payer or payee of child support is entitled to have their child support guidelines re-calculated when there is a change of circumstance, typically a change in income of one of the parties or a change in parenting time. A party is also entitled to have their support reviewed by the Friend of the Court every thirty six (36) months. The modification process can be started by the filing of a motion to modify child support, which will cost $60.00 to file. Occasionally the Friend of the Court will send out a notice that it has been more than 36 months since your last review and either party can simply check a box stating that they would like to have support reviewed. The minimum threshold for support to be modified is that the changes would result in either a 10% change in monthly support or a $50.00 change in monthly support.

If you are considering a child support modification please feel free to contact me anytime. I can be reached at (248) 855-6477 (Office) or (734) 612-7121 (Cell).