Child Support Updates For 2017


The Michigan Child Support Formula Manual has been recently updated and these changes will become effective January 1, 2017. The last manual update was 2013. Below is a list of the changes to the manual:

  • The phrase "Extraordinary medical" was changed to "additional medical" and "third party custodian" was changed to "nonparent custodian in an effort to reconcile the plain meaning of the phrases.
  • 1.04(E) High-income deviation factor removed and a new cost-benefit deviation factor added.
  • 2.01(C)(4) Service member housing pay changed.
  • 2.01(C) 2.07 Employer contributions to pension or retirement plans removed from the income section. Deduction for voluntary contributions to pension or retirement plans eliminated.
  • 2.01(D) and 2.07(G) Employer reimbursements for tuition, educational costs, uniforms and payments to health savings accounts do not count as income.
  • 2.01(E)(4) Allowable deductions for taxes for self-employed and business owners/executives clarified.
  • 2.01(G) Imputation factors (f) and (i) amended. New subsection (4) covering barred practices that violate case law added.
  • 2.01(I) 2.01(J) Dependent benefit provisions expanded to include benefits paid on a parent's behalf from other government insurance programs in the same manner as Social Security Benefits.
  • 2.01(k) New subsection on children's dependent benefits based on parents' earnings records added
  • 2.01(M) 2.07(G) Employer reimbursements of expenses clarified and new subsection added.
  • 2.07(F) Deduction for a parent's cost for mandatory health care coverage added.
  • 3.02(B)(4) 3.02(E) General Care Equation calculation clarified for high income cases. New subsection about Extremely High Family Income added.
  • 3.03 Parental Time Offset Equation exponent reduced to 2.5.
  • 3.04 New provision added to include two exceptions when a court may permit handling all medical expenses as "additional medical expenses."
  • 3.04(D) Threshold for enforcing medical expenses under MCL 552.511a added.
  • 3.05 Reasonable cost increased to 6% and clarified how cost is figured. Restriction to routinely requiring that both parents maintain coverage added. Provisions allowing coverage through a family member's insurance and dividing premiums added.
  • 3.07 Benefit Credit for amounts paid for the children on a parent's behalf expanded from Social Security to include other government insurance programs. Warning about alienating federal benefits from a child's representative payee added.
  • S-3.02 Section and criteria used to determine which parent should maintain health care coverage changed to consider the Affordable Care Act.
  • S-3.03 Adjusting Support Payments for Parenting Time section added.

To read the complete manual, which contains all of the updates, download a copy of the 2017 Michigan Child Support Formula Manual from the website (just Google "2017 Michigan Child Support Manual" and the PDF document will appear).