Child Support

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions from Grand Traverse County Friend of the Court

In the accordion below you will find helpful infomation about child support. More local resources and forms are available at:

www.13thcircuitcourt.org

If it has been three years or more since the most recent child support order, you may request, in writing, a child support review by the Friend of the Court. The Friend of the Court will conduct an investigation and make a recommendation for an order based upon the Michigan Child Support Formula. If it has been less than three years, you will need to file a motion for modification of support

Yes. Parenting time and support are separate parts of the Court order, with separate enforcement actions. Please advise the Friend of the Court, in writing, of the claimed parenting time violations so that enforcement action may be taken.

Yes. Parenting time and support are separate orders of the Court as explained in Question 2.

No. If your order requires you to pay through the Friend of the Court or MiSDU, you must do so. Support is paid through the Friend of the Court in order that an official record of payments is maintained. However, a one-time only basis, the Friend of the Court will extend credit to your account if your co-parent agrees to the credit, in writing.

Only if your Court order allows it. The Friend of the Court will not approve such an arrangement. However, you may seek an order from the Court which allows you to "opt out" of the Friend of the Court office.

Only if your Court order allows it. The Friend of the Court will not approve such an arrangement. However, you may seek an order from the Court which allows you to "opt out" of the Friend of the Court office

In Michigan, child support continues past the age of 18 if certain conditions are met. Support may continue up to age 19 1/2 if the child is "regularly attending high school on a full-time basis with a reasonable expectation of completing sufficient credits to graduate from high school while residing on a full-time basis with the payee of support or at an institution." This means that current child support charges will continue until the child reaches the age of 18 or graduates from high school, whichever occurs later, not to exceed 19 1/2 years of age.

No. The Friend of the Court must send any child support payments made while you are on public assistance to the State of Michigan.

No. The law does not give anyone the authority to specify how child support payments are to be spent.

Yes. However, under Michigan law, long-term incarceration -- coupled with an inability to pay during the incarceration -- will result in a suspension of charges during that time. You will need to provide verification of your "in date" and "out date."

Michigan law provides for a surcharge to be assessed on unpaid child support on January 1 and July 1 of each year. The surcharge rate is tied to the interest rate on U.S. Treasury notes. When collected by the Friend of the Court, the surcharge monies, as well as child support, are directed to the custodial parent. If the State of Michigan is the payee of the support, the State receives the surcharge. No portion of the surcharge is retained by the Friend of the Court or the Family Court.

Contact the Friend of the Court office and provide the following information:

  • Name of employer
  • Contact person
  • Phone number
  • Mailing address
  • FEIN (Federal Employer Identification Number) if possible
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