Posts Categorized: Child support

Possible Legislative Change to Statutory Income Expectation

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The current child support statute authorizes the family court to impose upon parents an income threshold. That is, if the parent is able to work, the court may impute income to that parent in the amount of 150% of minimum wage, assuming 40 hours per week of employment. Child support is supposed to be calculated… Read more »

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Child Support is for Children’s Expenses

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When child support is calculated in accord with the guidelines of Minnesota statutes, both parents’ incomes are considered.  The statute provides a table for the basic amount of support that children need, based upon the combined income of the child’s two parents. When the parents have equal, or nearly equal, parenting time, the amount of… Read more »

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When Child Care Costs End

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Under Minnesota law, parents have the obligation of financially supporting their children.  The child support statutes provide for basic child support, child care support and medical support.  Basic child support is the sum paid by one parent to the other for basic expenses of the child or children.  Child care support is the allocation between… Read more »

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Four Primary Issues in Divorce

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Divorce can be a challenging process.  After the initial difficult decision of whether to pursue a dissolution action, many parties wonder where to begin in sorting through the many pieces of the marital relationship.  One helpful place to start is to realize that there are two main issues that apply to every divorce and two… Read more »

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Orthodontia Costs and Child Support

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If a parent is ordered to pay child support, it is likely that the child support obligation will include a “basic” support obligation, coupled with child care support and medical support. Orthodontia costs are included as part of medical support. Basic support is based upon the income of both parents, based upon a statutory table… Read more »

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Child Support – The New Era of Income Shares

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Child support used to be calculated by taking the non-custodial parent’s net income, and basing child support on a certain percentage of net income, depending on the number of children being supported. Under the child support law that was passed a couple years ago, both parents’ incomes are factored in. The statute contains a table… Read more »

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Joint Custody and Child Support

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Under the Minnesota child support law that has been in effect since 2007, the amount of child support is based on both parents' incomes.  There is a guideline table in the statute that provides a set amount of base support that a child or children are entitled to based upon the sum of mom's income… Read more »

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Parenting Expense Adjustment to Child Support

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The current Minnesota child support law factors into its calculations the fact that the child support obligor incurs expenses when caring for the child(ren).  The child support statute provides a parenting expense adjustment in which the basic support calculated based upon the income of the two parents is reduced by twelve percent (12%).  The adjustment… Read more »

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