How is the amount of child support determined?

Michigan law starts with the premise that both parents have an obligation to support their children financially.  Michigan uses the “Income Shares Model,” which requires both parents to pay a percentage of their income as a baseline.  From that baseline, the amount of support can be modified based on several factors, including but not limited to the parenting time arrangement (which parent has the most overnights), the age of the children, and the ability of both parents to earn income.

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