How to Claim a Parenting Time Abatement
The Michigan Child Support Formula allows a general care child support account credit when the non-custodial parent has the children for six consecutive overnights or longer. (If support is calculated pursuant to the shared economic responsibility formula, there is NO parenting time abatement as that calculation is based on actual number of overnights spent with the non-custodial parent).
The non-custodial parent must report the dates to the Friend of the Court within 6 (six) months, in writing, following the conclusion of the parenting time period. These dates will be confirmed with the custodial parent and credit then given on the account.
If the dates are disputed, a referee hearing may be scheduled. Your court order will specify the amount of credit to be received. Most orders follow the Child Support Formula and allow a 50% credit. When a credit has occurred, your withholding order is usually not adjusted to reflecting the 50% reduction. Contact the Friend of the Court and instructions will be given with regard to handling the credit on your particular case