How A Child From Another Relationship Affects Child Support
How does a child from another relationship affect the child support you will have to pay? Based on the Michigan Child Support Formula, it is possible to get credit for a child from a previous relationship when calculating child support.
Let’s assume, for example, you are getting divorced and have two children, ages 2 and 4, with your wife. The plan is that your wife will have sole physical custody of those children, and you will have parenting time of approximately 80 overnights per year. Your annual income is $80,000, and your wife makes $25,000 annual income. In this scenario, you would be ordered to pay approximately $1,354 per month in child support for two children.
But you also have a 15 year old child from before your current marriage living with the mother full time for which there is a separate child support order. How much credit do you get for that child support when you calculate additional child support for the two children in your divorce case?
If we use the above facts for income and reasonable parenting time of every other weekend, or approximately 80 overnights per year, child support in your divorce case would be reduced by approximately $169 per month by applying this credit.
This credit would also apply if the 15 year old was living with you full time. So you can get a reduction under the child support formula for children from other relationships if the children live with you or if you pay child support for them.
You may also consider having child support for your 15 year old reviewed to reflect calculations for the two subsequent children. This calculation also does not consider other relevant factors such as health insurance coverage for the child(ren), tax filing status, day care expenses, parenting time schedules and number of overnights with the children. However, it does give you some sense of how a child from another relationship can affect the Michigan Child Support Formula.
Running support calculators may seem easy but there are details and legal arguments you may miss which can leave you paying more support than you should. These factors are important reasons you should consult an experienced attorney if child support is at issue.
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