Filing for divorce can be a complicated process, especially when there are children involved. Matters of determining child custody and setting child support are necessary to include in the final divorce settlement. Child support is designed to minimize the effect children experience when moving from a traditional family situation to a single-parent household. In Michigan, and in many other states throughout the nation, the income shares model is used to determine how much child support will be ordered. Under this model, it is believed that children should receive the same amount of financial support that they would have been exposed to had their parents remained married.
The income shares model takes into account both parents income when determining how much money the non-custodial parents owes. After the parents’ income is pooled, a chart is used to say how much that amount is. Once the base child support amount is determined, other expenses may be added on as well. These include the following: