Michigan offers online child support calculator

Trying to figure out how much your child is owed in support payments?

Now there's a tool for that.

On Thursday, the Office of Child Support within the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services unveiled an online child support calculator. The calculator has been used by child support staff to estimate payments.

"By making this calculator accessible to the public, the Michigan child support program is allowing parents and others to gain a better understanding of how child support is calculated in Michigan," said Erin Frisch, director of the Office of Child Support. "This will strengthen customer self-service and help us deliver consistent and innovative services so that children can receive the support they need and deserve."

Public users will obtain the same results as those obtained by child support staff, as long as they input the same information. People may be interested in using the public calculator if they want to:

  • Calculate a possible monthly support amount without the need to open a child support case or order.
  • Calculate child support prior to requesting a review and modification of a current child support order.
  • Compare results provided to them by child support staff.
  • Agree to a fair support amount with the other parent based on the Michigan Child Support Formula.

Michigan's child support program works with Friend of the Court and prosecuting attorney offices to establish, collect and enforce child support obligations.

Child support staff calculate support obligations for recommendations to the court using the Michigan Child Support Formula, which considers parents’ income and other factors.

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