On December 1, 2002, Michigan joined a majority of states by charging child support on a monthly basis instead of weekly. The change was required under State law to improve services of the Friend of the Court. Under this law, child support is due on the first of each month. The new law requires payers to maintain a balance equal to one months support in advance, as long as support is due. This allows for support to be paid once a month on the date it is due.
If an account exceeds more than the one month in advance, that money is held at the MiSDU until the next month’s charges are applied. If the in advance portion has been met, the MiCSES computer system is designed to automatically refund payments to the payer.