Michigan Child Support Formula: Findings from Formula Users
Group: Michigan Courts
As part of its periodic review of the Michigan Child Support Formula, the State Court Administrative Office (SCAO) administered a survey to a broad spectrum of parents, practitioners and other interested groups and individuals (e.g., advocate organizations, spouses and parents of custodial and noncustodial parents, nonparent caretakers). The survey’s purpose was to gather respondents’ views and opinions about: • the child support formula’s fairness and adequacy in dealing with selected issues (e.g., adjustments for work-related child care costs or shared economic responsibility), • problems they have experienced using the formula to establish or modify support obligations, • the formula’s strengths and weaknesses, and • improvements they believe should be made to deal with certain issues (e.g., low incomes of either parent, the amount of time the child spends with each parent). The information from the surveys supplements work being done for the Michigan Child Support Commission reviewing the most recent economic evidence on the costs of raising children and developing a revised child support formula based upon child-rearing costs.
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