In Michigan, unpaid child support continues to be a major socio-economic problem with more than $4.9 billion in support owed to Michigan children and over $1.8 billion owed to the State of Michigan. In partnership with the Friend of the Court, Investigators in the Attorney General’s Child Support Division identify parents throughout the State who have the ability to pay support to their children but refuse to do so.
The Attorney General’s Child Support Division was created in 2003 to combat the problem of unpaid child support. Over the past seventeen years the division has seen impressive results as it fights to obtain compliance with child support orders. Since 2003, Michigan Attorney General’s Child Support Division has collected more than $285 million which has directly impacted the lives of 23,639 children.
The mission of the Child Support Division is to enforce child support orders by prosecuting those individuals who have a history of non-payment and have significant arrearages of at least $10,000. The division focuses on those parents who have the ability to pay their court ordered obligation but fail to do so.
The division generates far more revenue than is appropriated and actually saves the State money. In many cases, money is owed to the State due to childbirth costs paid by Medicaid or when cash assistance has been paid to the custodial parent. When the division collects child support in these cases, the state-owed moneys are recovered and returned to the State.