New Legislation Has Revised Typical Expectation of Parental Income

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The Minnesota legislature recently amended the statute that courts use when imputing income to parents.

Minn. Stat. Section 518A.32, sub. 2(3) now provides for considering “the amount of income a parent could earn working 30 hours per week at 100 percent of the current federal or state minimum wage, whichever is higher.”  Previously the statute had a provision for the amount of income a parent could earn working 40 hours per week at 150 percent of current minimum wage.

The previous statute’s calculation of monthly income was $2,080.  The amended statute provides for one-half that amount, suggesting that in today’s economy, one can be expected to earn $1,040 gross per month.


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