Assisting Parents With Issues Of Child Support In Minnesota
Child support is an important issue in divorce cases involving children, as well as when an unmarried couple with a child is dissolving their relationship. To come to an arrangement that meets the needs of your children and respects your financial situation, it is in your best interest to seek the advice of an experienced family law attorney.
At Groshek Law PA in Minneapolis, our lawyers will explain how child support is determined and enforced in Minnesota. Learn more by calling us today at 612-426-7047.
Determining The Amount Of Child Support
In Minnesota, child support is determined using a statutory formula that is based on income and parenting time. It is possible to deviate from the formula as a result of certain circumstances, but this is very rare. In any child support case, it is very important to enter accurate information into the formula so that the payment plan represents the needs of the child and the ability of the parent to pay.
Once the judge issues an order to pay a set amount of child support, the paying parent should make every effort to comply. The receiving parent and local government can go back to court and enforce the order. If the local government is supplying the family with food and shelter benefits, it may be entitled to reimbursement from the parent who should be paying.
Common Questions About Child Support In Minnesota
We have addressed many questions from parents about child support laws. We have answered some of these most common questions below:
How often can I modify child support in Minnesota?
In this constantly changing world, it makes sense that a parent may seek child support modification due to a substantial change in circumstances, such as a job change or loss. There is no limit to the number of times a parent can modify that child support. Still, it is unlikely to have changed circumstances that would often warrant a modification.
Can a judge deny a child support modification?
To modify child support, you must show that there has been a significant change in circumstances, typically a change to your income. The judge may deny your request if you do not prove a substantial change that would merit a child support modification. Working with an experienced family law attorney can help you organize everything you need to pursue a child support modification successfully.
When does child support stop in Minnesota?
In Minnesota, child support obligations terminate automatically when a child turns 18 or graduates from high school. However, in cases where the child is unable to support themselves due to a physical or mental condition, child support may continue throughout the child’s life.