The end of child support in Michigan
Everything comes to an end, including the obligation to pay child support. Which begs the question, when is the end of child support in Michigan?
The answer to the question is found in two Michigan laws, the Child Custody Act of 1970 and the Michigan Support and Parenting Time Enforcement Act.
The Child Custody Act of 1970 authorizes a court to award custody of a child and provide order child support until a child reaches 18 years of age. Therefore, according to the Child Custody Act of 1970 the end of child support in Michigan is when a child reaches the age of 18. A close inspection of the act provides an exception to this rule being section 552.605b of Michigan Compiled Laws.
Section 552.605b of Michigan Compiled Laws is named the Michigan Support and Parenting Time Enforcement Act. This Act authorizes a court to order child support after a child reaches 18 years old provided the child is regularly attending high school on a full-time basis with a reasonable expectation to graduate high school while residing with a custodial parent.
Therefore, the end of child support in Michigan is when a child turns 18 and graduates from high school (whichever is later) provided the child is living with the custodial parent and regularly attending high school on a full-time basis with a reasonable expectation of graduating.
For most families the end of child support in Michigan does not end the moral obligation to continue to support a child. Notwithstanding, the legal end of child support in Michigan ends the legal obligation to pay child support to the custodial parent. There is no legal obligation to support a child afterwards.
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