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Minnesota Child Support Guidelines

Familiarize Yourself With Factors Used to Determine Child Support in Minnesota

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A court in Minnesota uses several criteria to determine an appropriate child support amount during a child support hearing. In Minnesota, parents are obligated to support a minor child until the child turns age 18. In its discretion, a court in Minnesota may order support until age 20, if a child is attending secondary school. Here is some more information about elements considered in a Minnesota child support case:

Income Sources

In Minnesota, child support is calculated based on the combined gross income of both parents. Gross income includes:

  • Salaries
  • Commissions
  • Overtime
  • Unemployment
  • Military and Naval retirement
  • Spousal maintenance
  • Bonuses
  • Worker's compensation
  • Disability
  • Pensions

Child Support Factors

In Minnesota, the court will consider the following factors prior to deviating from the standard child support guidelines:

  • Extraordinary financial needs and resources, physical and emotional condition and the educational needs of the child
  • Financial resources of the parents
  • Parents' debts
  • Standard of living the child would have enjoyed had the parents stayed together
  • Which parent receives the income tax dependency exemption and the financial benefit the parent receives from it

Non-Income Based Child Support Factors

In addition to child support payments, a Minnesota court may order a parent to:

  • Add a child to a parent's health and dental insurance coverage
  • Provide cash medical support (If a non-custodial parent does not have access to health coverage, a Minnesota court may expect a parent to contribute to a public, managed care plan to support a child's medical needs.)
  • Contribute to child care expenses

For more information about factors considered in a child support order in Minnesota, speak with a qualified attorney in Minnesota or refer to the Minnesota Statutes.

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