Child Support FAQs
I am not eligible for a support review through Friend of the Court, but my circumstances
have changed. I believe child support should be modified. What can I do?
- Request a review. Pursuant to statute, every three years either party may
request a review of child support without having to pay the $60 filing fee.
However, regardless of which parent requests the review, the case is eligible
only once every three years.
- File a Support Motion. If your case is not eligible for the 3 year review, you
may file a support motion. The Friend of the Court can provide the necessary
forms, which you must then complete and file with the County Clerk. The fee for
a Support Motion is $60, payable to St. Clair County Clerk.
I pay child support and I voluntarily reduced my income. Will my support be
No. The law states that child support will not be reduced based on a voluntary
When making a recommendation for child support, does the Friend of the Court
take into account my bills such as car payment, rent, utilities, or credit card
The Michigan Child Support Formula already assumes all persons have certain
living expenses. The Friend of the Court cannot deduct additional bills (above and
beyond regular living expenses) before calculating support and making a recommendation.
Is the Friend of the Court responsible for making sure that child support money
is being spent on the children?
The law does not give the Friend of the Court the authority to dictate
how child support payments are to be spent.
I have been paying child support, and the custodial parent is not letting me
see my child(ren). Do I have to keep paying support?
Yes. Parenting time and child support matters are two separate parts of
a court order, and each area must be handled independently of the other. If your
parenting time order has been violated, you may file a parenting time complaint
with the Friend of Court.
The other parent is not paying child support as ordered. What can I do?
Once a payer of support has fallen more than 4 weeks behind in support
payments, enforcement of child support may be requested in writing.
For further information regarding child support, see
Child Support, a Guide for Parents