When child support is ordered in Michigan, it is generally paid by the noncustodial parent. When custody is shared, the parent with more income is often ordered to pay support. Once child custody is decided, the court applies child support guidelines to decide how much the obligated parent will pay. The guidelines take into account the financial status of both parents and the needs of the child. The goal of child support is not to put a party in dire straits financially but to support the child’s needs.
Actress Halle Berry pays child support for the six-year-old daughter that she had with her ex, Gabriel Aubry. The two share custody of the girl. Berry is petitioning the court to have her child support payments reduced based on her claim that Aubry is unemployed and not seeking employment. Berry’s argument is that Aubrey is not doing all he can to contribute to the child’s upkeep. Whether or not the child support is going to be reduced is yet to be seen.
The Berry case has opened up an interesting discussion about the roles of men and women in paying child support. In shared custody situations child support payments are usually made by those with the higher income. Child support orders are blind to gender and in cases where the woman is the breadwinner, she may be ordered to pay. The court doesn’t look at traditional male/female roles when making child support determinations.
Michigan parents with questions about child support can get answers by consulting an experienced family law attorney.
Source: TIME, “Halle Berry’s Child-Support Fight: Female Breadwinners Can’t Have It Both Ways,” Kathy Young, October 20, 2014