Michigan Child Support Questions & Answers

Q: My brother girlfriend is pregnant could she put him on child support even when she doesn’t want him apart of the baby..

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Answered on Feb 19, 2018

Child support, custody, and parenting time all all separate issues for a court to decide absent an agreement between the parties. If your brother is determined to be the child's legal father, and he makes efforts to be involved in the child's life, then he will likely at least be entitled to parenting time. However, and unfortunately, he may need to take initiative on this one. If he does nothing, then it's certainly possible for him to end up paying child support with no enforceable parenting...
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Q: I am switching jobs. How do I get my new job to take out suppport without going back to court or filing a motion? Thanks

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Answered on Feb 14, 2018

Send the name and address of your new employer to the Friend of the Court (you are required to do so within 30 days of changing employment). The FOC will do a new income withholding for the new employer. However, there will be a delay in getting the new order going and so money won't be coming out of your check right away. You may wish to make a direct payment to FOC so you don't get in an arrears situation.
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Q: Can a minor be obligated to pay child support?

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Answered on Feb 8, 2018

If he is the father of the child, yes.
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Q: My husband pays $907 a month in child support. Wife refuses him parenting time. What can we do or can we sign off.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Michigan on
Answered on Feb 8, 2018

Each time his parenting time is refused, he needs to file a complaint with the Friend of the Court. He should also file a motion for an actual parenting time schedule so he knows which days are his. You can't just "sign off" parental rights. This is only done in two circumstances.
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Q: bio dad moved to Texas. Is he still legally obligated to pay support? Or will they cancel support all together?

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Answered on Feb 6, 2018

He is obligated to pay child support no matter where he lives as long as there is a court order. You need to let your Friend of the Court know where he is living now so they can proceed to collect it.
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Q: My son has his son every other week. He pays half of everything. Does he still have to pay child support.

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Answered on Feb 6, 2018

He needs to file a motion before the judge asking for a change in child support.
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Q: The state of Michigan named a guy the father of my two kids by default. He's not on birth

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support and Public Benefits for Michigan on
Answered on Feb 2, 2018

I do not think that the state trying to get reimbursement from him for the assistance you received gives him any legal rights to the children. He could file a paternity action to get rights to the child that is his, but if he has not done that and he is not on the birth certificate, I do not see how he currently would have any rights.
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Q: Can my boyfriend child support be reduce if he has a another child which he could never provide for due to support f

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Answered on Jan 23, 2018

When child support is calculated the number of children each party has is one factor they use. He should file a motion in the first case asking that the support be re-calculated based on a change of circumstances.
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Q: My boyfriend has his children 13 overnights a month. Pays 949 dollars a month. Why is it so high?

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Answered on Jan 23, 2018

That question can't really be answered here as there are many factors that go into setting the child support such as income, tax deductions, medical. You would need to go to an attorney and discuss this.
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Q: My bf signed off his rights to his kids 4 years ago due to a bad relationship. Can he find a way to see his kid now?

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Answered on Jan 22, 2018

Termination of parental rights - voluntarily or by trial - ends the parent-child relationship. Unfortunately, there is likely nothing any attorney can do for your boyfriend at this point.
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Q: I'm a non-custodial father with unpaid child support. Will this be held against me when filling for joint custody?

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Answered on Jan 22, 2018

When determining if custody should be changed, the judge must address the Best Interest of the Child. This is a series of questions set out by the courts to help the judge make the determination. Support is only one of those factors.
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Q: If my ex takes me back to friend of the court for more money. Will the court consider I have a 3 month old baby now.

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Answered on Jan 22, 2018

Yes. The Friend of the Court will calculate child support based on your current income and on the number of children you have. They will need to know if you have custody of the other child(ren) or if you are currently ordered to pay support on them.
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Q: I'm a custodial parent an I don't work,the courts put in I make 1542.67 a month. How can they do that?

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Answered on Jan 11, 2018

The court is unlikely to enter a parenting time order for less than 90 overnights. The issue isn't so much how much parenting time he used, but rather how much time is reasonable. Ultimately whether he uses the time or not is up to him, not you or the court.

The $1.542.67 sounds like inputted income. The court can credit you with an income even if you don't work. Typically, it's 40 hours a week multiplied by the minimum wage. The court does this when it is believed that you could work...
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Q: Can I go to jail if I have other children that depend on me ,can court put me in for behind child support

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Answered on Jan 11, 2018

Yes. You're entitled to a hearing to tell your side of the story, but the court is unlikely to be swayed by you having other children to support.
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Q: In Michigan, can mother get retroactive child support pay from prior years if the father didn’t know about the child?

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Answered on Jan 4, 2018

Your situation is too complex to answer here. A lot will depend on if someone else were ordered to pay support, and if there were any expenses for the child paid for by the state.

This is definitely a situation where the "new" father may want to test and challenge paternity, just to make sure all the facts are as they really are now.
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Q: I am divorced since 2015. My ex-husband does not help with 22 and 18 year living expenses, they are both in college.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Divorce for Michigan on
Answered on Jan 4, 2018

Depends on what the judgement of divorce says. If he was ordered to pay child support, and he did, I doubt that he has any legal obligation to help cover the expenses you describe.
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Q: If a man is giving ex $ for child (not court ordered child support) can he claim that money on his taxes?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Tax Law for Michigan on
Answered on Nov 29, 2017

You cannot deduct child support on your taxes (only alimony). The person receiving the child support does not pay taxes on the money received. If you are talking about taking the child as a dependent that depends on who provides over half the support for the child. Generally the person that provides more than half the support is allowed to take the child as a dependent. The noncustodial parent may be treated as the parent who provided more than half of the child's support if the custodial...
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Q: How much of the child support thathe gets taken out of my check actually goes to my kids? (Does the starest take any?)

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Answered on Nov 28, 2017

All child support is sent to the recipient of support (custodial parent generally). If anything is withheld by the state, it means that public assistance has been involved and funds that may be taken go to reimburse the taxpayers of the state who contribute to the support of those children.
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Q: Can a child over 18 sign off on past child support payments for their parent?

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Answered on Nov 28, 2017

Unfortunately, the answer is no. It is the recipient of support who is entitled to the money for the funds expended and for which they did not receive support from the payer.
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Q: Do u take into consideration previous children that dont live in the home or pay support for when setting new support?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Divorce for Michigan on
Answered on Nov 22, 2017

These would be his stepchildren, correct? If so, they don't come into play. He's not entitled to any set-off or credit, as he has no legal obligation for the support of those children (they're not his biological children).
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