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Child support is a monthly payment a parent makes to help cover the costs of raising a child. In Minnesota, the income of both parents and parenting time are taken into account. Child support payments are almost always determined according to the Minnesota Child Support Guidelines. The guidelines are based on the following factors:
Child support can be broken down into three parts:
In order to get child support, a parent or the county must bring the case before the court. A judge can order child support in a divorce, paternity case, Order for Protection (OFP), or custody case.
As stated above, the state of Minnesota has guidelines for how much support should be paid. This is called “income shares.” This sets child support by looking at the gross income of both parents. After the gross income is calculated, their incomes are added together, and the total is compared on the guidelines chart to show how much each parent can afford to spend on their child. The number is then divided between the parents based on their percentage of income that made up the total income number.
Usually child support is discontinued when the child becomes an adult. Minnesota law defines a “child” as someone who is:
If you receive papers requesting that you pay child support, don’t wait. File a response with the court right away as you are only given a certain number of days to respond.
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