Parents have both the legal and moral obligations to support their children even during times of hardship. ‘For this reason, even after a couple has divorced, they are still responsible for the well-being of their child and should help to ensure that the life of their little one is as unaffected by the case as possible. The child’s quality of life, comfort, and opportunities are always the priority for the court, so it’s easy to see why child support delegation is one of the most critical elements of a divorce process.

Unfortunately, not every couple finds it easy to settle on child support terms. This may result in them having to be subject to a temporary child support order while the official term is delegated.

In this article, we’ll talk about the process of child support calculation and delegation in Michigan, as well as how the court decides how the temporary child support order will be enforced.


Each state uses a different formula to come up with the total percentage of child support that needs to be paid. Listed below are some of the factors that the Michigan court uses to calculate child support:

  • The needs of the child compared to the general raising costs
  • The child’s special needs and treatment costs
  • The income and resources of each parent
  • The future earning potential of the parent with the majority of custody
  • The amount of parenting time each parent has
  • The number of children to be supported
  • The general child care expenses and health care costs

The judge will consult with child care experts and financial specialists to see how child support should be divided between the parents.


Sometimes, parents may feel as if the percentage that they are responsible for in terms of child support is unfair. In such a case, they may file for a recalculation. During this time, the court may suggest that the parents use a temporary child support order as a filler while the permanent one is pending.

If one party wasn’t given the notice by the other party before the court filing, they have 14 days after the filing has been submitted to object to the orders. The court will be the one who will inform the other party that a term for child support alteration has been filed. The court may contact the other party via a phone call or email. If the other party fails to show up and delegate the term, the court will grant a final order.

If the defending party denies the child support order, the delegation process will follow. This process may go on for quite a long time before it is settled. During this time, the temporary child support order will be in effect.


Both parents can open a private trust and deposit the funds into the trust according to the agreed upon terms. The paying parent can also give the money to the other parent directly, but it’s imperative that they get a receipt of every transaction to use as evidence if necessary.

If you’re looking for a professional attorney to help you with the child support order delegation in Michigan, Buckley Family Law is your best option. Get in touch with us today to see how we can help.

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