Michigan parents have a continuing responsibility to care for their children regardless of whether the two parents remain together in a relationship or whether the child lives with a parent. Child support from both parents is critical to ensuring that the child's needs are met and that one parent does not have to bear the burden of paying for health care, child care and all other child-rearing expenses alone.
Child support generally consists of monthly payments made by the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent to assist in the everyday expenses of the child, including food, shelter, clothing, health care and medical expenses. In setting the amount of the monthly payment, Michigan courts use a child support formula that takes into account the needs of the child and the resources of the obligated parent. Once the court orders the payment amount, that amount must be paid every month in a timely fashion unless it is modified by the court.