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How much child support does a parent have to pay?

In Michigan, child support is based on a formula; a computer program that takes into account each parent’s income and how many overnights the non-custodial parent will have with each child. The formula also takes into account other things, such as insurance, private school and the like and the computer spits out a number, which will be your child support.

In general, child support is not negotiable in Michigan, so the people who think they pay too much and those who think it’s not enough tend to be equally unhappy. Except in extraordinary circumstances, such as when parents have very high income levels or one parent has to travel a long way to see the children, the court will generally follow the child support formula.

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