Michigan Child Support Garnishment Limits, Exemptions and Protections

Even though a parent may owe child support, not all of his or her earnings are subject to wage garnishment, and certain limits will apply under Michigan garnishment law. Michigan laws allow for the support of children while maintaining the core means by which the supporting parent is able to support him or herself as well. There are two major ways in which limits are set on child support collections: by setting limits on the percentage taken from a parent’s earnings and by setting limits on how’earnings’ are defined. If a parent is subject to multiple garnishment orders, further limits are set by allocating which order is satisfied first and giving certain types of orders priority over others.

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Michigan Child Support

Michigan child support laws ensure that a non-custodial parent pays his or her share of medical expenses, health insurance costs and the general costs of raising a child.

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Wage Garnishment Michigan: Michigan Child Support Garnishment

In just about every Michigan divorce case involving children, the court will issue an income withholding order against the non-custodial parent, otherwise known as Michigan child support garnishment. Federal law requires a withholding order even if the non-custodial parent is not in arrears. The law also requires the states to establish payment distribution centers. Michigan’s is called the Michigan Support Disbursement Unit. The following information is aimed at helping you understand Michigan laws governing wage garnishment and the withholding process.

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Michigan Child Support Collections and Fees

When facing wage garnishment in Michigan for child support collections and fees, it is important to understand that child support will be collected based on a percentage of the supporting parent’s income. In Michigan, that percentage is generally 50% of disposable earnings. However, not all earnings are subject to garnishment. So what types of earnings are subject to garnishment?

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