The new Michigan Child Support Formula 2013 takes effect on 1/1/2013. All orders entered after that period will use the MCSF 2013 and the new Uniform Support Order also becomes effective 1/1/2013. William J. Bartels, Senior Management Analyst for the MI Supreme Court - State Court Administrative Office has highlighted for practitioners the following important things that you should know when calculating child support and using the new forms:
* The new USO forms (rev 3/12) have two significant changes. 1) Rather than just reporting the average for all children spend with each parent, the overnights the payer spends with each child are recorded following the child's name and DOB. 2) The provision for prior orders is changing. If a support provision is not written in a USO entered after 1/1, unchanged provisions from earlier orders no longer continue. (The 2013 MCSF Changes webcast mentioned below includes information about the USO changes.)
The 2013 MCSF Supplement can be found here: Download 2013MCSFSuppl
NOTE: New Uniform Support Orders
FOC 10: Uniform Child Support Order- can use this one beginning 12/10/12 Download Newfoc10
FOC 10a/52a: Uniform Child Support Order, No Friend of Court Services- use this one beginning 12/10/12 Download Newfoc10a
FOC 10b: Uniform Spousal Support Order- can use this one beginning 12/10/12 Download Newfoc10b
FOC 10c: Uniform Spousal Support Order, No Friend of Court Services- use this one beginning 12/10/12 Download Newfoc10c
* With the redesign of the Michigan Courts website, the MCSF webpage has moved. The current URL is http://www.courts.mi.gov/Administration/SCAO/OfficesPrograms/FOC/Pages/Child-Support-Formula.aspx
* The Michigan Judicial Institute (MJI) has posted three training webcasts regarding the MCSF.
- 2013 MCSF and USO Changes
- MCSF Basics
- MCSF Intermediate Concepts
These webcasts can be accessed through MJI Seminar's and Webcast page, or from the MCSF webpage (link in right column). While the registration page was designed for court staff and appears to require judge or supervisor approval, anyone who does not work for a court can view these webcasts by entering his/her name, email, and office. The system will require information in the remaining fields, just enter one character or number in all the remaining fields or type "n/a" for those that do not apply
Encourage anyone who calculates support obligations to take the time to use the MCSF training (2013 Changes, Basics, and Intermediate). Basics does contains some background information that explains how the MCSF works, so it is a good refresher for veterans, and a must view for new recruits. The intermediate session covers topics relevant to anyone who uses the MCSF.