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Springfield Publications produces and distributes the Child Support and Alimony Prognosticator. This is the 28th year the program has been available, and we try to make it more user friendly and concise each year.

The Prognosticator application is used in about 1000 governmental and private law and accounting offices throughout the state of Michigan.  It is also used by some litigants to gain a better understanding about what is considered in making child and spousal support recommendations.

The Prognosticator:

  • is individually prepared and customized to identify your firm or office.
  • allows entry of income and expenses into many categories.
  • automatically calculates federal taxes based on the information found in the 2014 U.S. Master Tax Guide anf CCH Internet updates
  • automatically calculates Michigan income tax using the 2014 rates.
  • allows quick reference access to the 2013 Michigan Child Support Formula Manual and Supplement.
  • allows quick preparation of a Michigan Uniform Child Support Order.
  • comes with a non-exclusive five-user license (additional licenses may be added for a nominal fee).
  • is available for Windows Vista and later.
  • is available on CD-ROM.

2014 Prognosticator

The 2014 Prognosticator is complete .  The expected release date is January 2, 2014 (to allow for final testing).  If you are a licensed user of the 2013 version and have asked to be on the automatic update list, the 2014 version will be sent to you without further action on your part.

Patch for UCSO issues

A couple of problems were found with the new UCSO form on the Prognosticator.

1) OHC was adding in correctly for the first child, but not for additional children.

2) Social Security credit was being given on a per child basis and not a cumulative basis, e.g. if there are 3 children receiving a total of $600, each support level was being credited at $200 rather than $600.

These can be corrected using a patch included with this post.

The patch is an executable file, and WordPress will not let me include an executable file with the post.  Therefore, I have created a zipped file of ProgPatch.msp, which is the patch file.  If you download it and unzip it, it will create the ProgPatch.msp file. Running this file should correct the problems with the UCSO.

To check to make sure the patch is installed, open the Prognosticator. Click on Help, then on About Prognosticator 2013. The version number should now read Version 27.0.4.0 (2013).

If you have problems, please e-mail me at springfield@chartermi.net. That way I can get back to you when I am able, and perhaps resolve it by e-mail. Phone messages should be a last resort, as they will likely result in long delays (phone tag, etc.)  File to download: http://www.sppub.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/ProgPatch.zip

A bug in the 2013 Prognosticator

We have discovered that when there are mre than one child, the OHC is not adding in the total support amount for second and subsequent children. We are working on a patch, but until it is ready, be sure to check the totals and correct them as necessary.

We are also seeing some strange results in very low income scenarios and are not sure whether it is a Prognosticator problem of a MCSF problem based upon the elimination of the $25 minimum support amount, so we will be looking into that. If you have cases that seem to have strange results, send them to me for review.

As the poverty level was increased for the 2013 MCSF, we have been seeing more cases where the amount of support for multiple children is less than the amount for one child. This is a quirk of the MCSF, and these are likely cases were deviation is appropriate.

Fix for Tax Calculation with Itemized Deductions

It was recently discovered Prognosticator 2012 was not calculating Federal Income Tax correctly for parties with itemized deductions.  This issue has been resolved and a fix is now available for download.  This issue did not affect calculations in which standard deductions were used.

This patch also fixes a problem where the Child Support Plaintiff list was disabled preventing some users from generating the Uniform Child Support Order.

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