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The Increase in Minimum Wage May Increase Your Child Support​

KALAMAZOO, MICH. – Aug. 2, 2016 – In 2016, the Michigan Legislature increased minimum wage from $8.15 to $8.50 per hour. This latest increase won’t be the last one either.  Minimum wage is set to reach $9.25 per hour on January 1, 2018, as detailed here.

In Michigan, child support is determined by a complex mathematical formula.

If a parent does not work, courts usually determine that the parent has the ability to earn income.  Then, they will assign an income to that non-working parent based on the minimum wage.  This is known as imputing income. Therefore, when minimum wage increases, any imputed income will also increase.

If your ex-spouse pays child support based on a minimum wage income, then you may be eligible for an increase in your child support. Parents can request an increase in child support so long as the change will equal either $50, or 10 percent more per month, whichever is greater.  If your ex was not working at the time of your child support order, consult an attorney. Due to the increase in minimum wage, you may be missing out on an increase in child support.

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