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Child support modification in MichiganWhen a couple divorces in Michigan and they have children together, the one legal constant in a Michigan divorce is that one person will have custody of the child and the other party will pay child support. But what happens when your ex wants child support modification?

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Determining Child Support in Michigan

There are three factors that determine the child support amount in your Michigan divorce settlement: your income, your ex’s income, and the number of overnights a child (or children) has at both residences. The sum of these three main factors is an objective formula that creates a non-negotiable number – and the amount will have to be paid monthly, without question.

This legal equation – which also takes into consideration who is footing the bill for healthcare, childcare, and uninsured healthcare costs, for example – helps many divorced parents breathe easier. They know what money is coming their way every month to help pay for their child’s needs. When the person paying that child support payment wants things to change, stress increases exponentially.

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Divorce Judges Have the Final Say

Here is what you need to know: Child support modification cannot happen independently of a Michigan courtroom. In other words, your ex cannot decide on their own to stop paying as much as they have been paying for child support.

The judge in your divorce case has jurisdiction on all subsequent issues involving child support (and parenting time, and child custody, and so on) until your child turns 19.5 years old or graduates from high school. It’s the judge who will decide if any child support modification is permitted. Maybe your ex lost their job. Maybe someone got a salary increase and is making more money. Perhaps someone is on disability. Ultimately, there must be a significant change in financial circumstances. All financial factors will be taken into consideration so that a fair legal decision is made, and made in the best interest of your children.

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The “Insurance” for Your Child Support Payments

You may be worried that your ex may simply decide to change the amount you are being paid on their own. This isn’t legally permissible in Michigan. The law requires income withholding as part of the final judgment of a divorce. The employer of the person paying child support is ordered to deduct the predetermined amount from your ex’s paycheck and forward it to the Michigan State Disbursement Unit (MiSDU).

MiSDU is like your divorce secretary, or insurance policy, when it comes to child support. This department tracks child support payments, makes sure they are paid on time, and disburses the funds to you.

If your ex wants child support modification, contact your attorney immediately. Rely on a Michigan divorce attorney you can trust, before, during, and after your split. Contact Femminineo Attorneys in Mt. Clemens to schedule your no-cost initial interview and discuss your divorce concerns and questions.


What makes us the right divorce attorneys for you?

Family Law Expertise

Most lawyers are in a general practice and do some of everything. One of our main focuses is on Family law and being expert at divorce, custody and support matters.

Strong Relationships

We are in court daily, working with the family court judges, their staff and clerks, the Friend of the Court office, the Bar Association and other attorneys working in this area. We pride ourselves on fighting hard for our clients while working well with everyone.


Our extensive experience and strong relationship with the courts and our peers leads many judges and attorneys to hire us to act as Mediators in other Family Law cases. Make no mistake; having a strong working relationship with the court can have a massive impact on your case. Unlike most attorneys, we have no fear of the court room and are in trial regularly against the best in the business. We see the judges every week and maintain strong ties with their staff.

We Care

Although every attorney can “handle” your case, Femminineo Attorneys cares about you and your family. We work extremely hard to keep this difficult process civil and to shelter your children from as much of the negative facets as possible.


Once your case is concluded, we will be there to help you with any post-judgment problems that may arise.


Everyone’s financial situation is different and we work with our clients to formulate a fee arrangement that works within your means.


We have handled every possible situation involving domestic law. We will do everything possible to wrap up your case in a timely manner, avoiding delays that cause unnecessary legal fees.


When your case cannot be easily solved, we will fight hard and use all of our resources to win. Unlike most attorneys, we have no fear of the court room and we regularly win cases against the best in the business at trial.

Expert Staff

Unlike many attorneys who have a part-time typist and work 30 hours a week, we have an expert staff available all day long to assist you and provide immediate service. We are available to our clients 24 hours a day through our hot line at 586-854-3654.

Personal Service

At Femminineo Attorneys, your case will be handled by an experienced family law attorney. Each of our attorneys in our family law division has many years of experience in handling family law matters.

We encourage you to see these differences for yourself and call today to speak with one of our partners or schedule a free consultation at our office.

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