One of the biggest concerns for any divorcing couple with children is how custody and support of the child will be determined by the court. Parents who are required to pay the larger share of the child support often wonder how the amount they owe is calculated. Every state has different laws for different civil and criminal issues, which is why it is important to be familiar with your specific state's laws and precedents for any given legal matter, including child support calculations.
Like many other states, Michigan law takes into account many different factors and follows certain mathematical guidelines in order to determine child support payments. Some of these factors include the income of both parents, the amount of time each parent spends with the child and how many children are involved. However, there are other costs that you may be less aware of, such as costs for the child's education or healthcare.
If for instance, your child has specific medical needs that will require regular treatment, your child support payments will be higher to reflect that. Additionally, if your child attends a private school, your payments may be increased to help cover the tuition and cost of supplies or uniforms.
In the end, child support is a very complex issue that will likely affect both parties involved for many years to come, so it should not be taken lightly. The best way to get an accurate idea of what your child support payments will be, and to make a case for how much you feel you should be financially responsible for, is to enlist the aid of an attorney who can offer you legal advice.