Child support in Michigan is based on a formula that takes into account the parents’ incomes, the number overnights with the children, child care expenses for children 12 and under, and health insurance premium expenses for the children. Reaching a child support figure is often a contentious issue between parents when there is no agreement on the number of overnights or when a parent’s income is not straightforward. Whether they eventually reach a support number by agreement or are ordered one by the court, in most cases the amount ordered is not enough for the payee, and it seems burdensome to the payor of support. Payors are usually surprised to learn that child support does not cover all of their children’s expenses. Child support generally covers food, clothing and shelter expenses only. MORE.