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DNA testing can make a clear case for child support

For parents dealing with child support disputes in Minnesota, one key tool that could help to lead to a resolution could be a DNA paternity test. These tests have an accuracy level of over 99.99 percent, and they can conclusively establish paternity of the child in question.

Modifying a child support order due to financial changes

If a Minnesota parent responsible for paying child support suddenly gets a new job that pays less, they should be aware that their support payments will not immediately change as well. Failing to meet child support obligations could result in legal consequences. If the parent can no longer afford the original child support amount, however, there are steps that can be taken to lower it.

Child support agreements

In many cases, one Minnesota parent may be required to pay child support to the other parent following a divorce. There are a few ways that parents can come to an agreement regarding child support. These include informal negotiations, out-of-court alternative dispute resolution proceedings and an order determined by a court.

The role of the state in child support payments

Minnesota parents who are divorced may have a formal child support agreement in place. This means the state will be in charge of disbursing child support payments as well as enforcing payment. If the parent receiving child support also gets welfare in the form of Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, the government may be reimbursed using the child support amount, or the amount might be passed to the family.

The fate of child support payments after an emancipation

When an individual reaches the age of majority in Minnesota, which is 18, he or she is considered to be emancipated. Once children are emancipated, they are no longer under the care of their parents, who are not obligated to support them anymore. However, there are some cases where a child may be emancipated before reaching the age of majority.

Disability and child support payments

The amount of child support that the parent with custody of a couple's children receives is based on the income of the parent making payments. As a result, things that lead to a decrease in a paying parent's income can also lead to a reduction in their child support obligations. If an individual responsible for paying support is disabled, it is likely that they will be required to pay less child support.

Poorer outcomes for Minnesota children without child support

Based on data from a 2017 report to Congress, parents paid more than $32 billion in child support through the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement in fiscal 2015. In spite of this very large number, a significant number of parents are not receiving the payments they are owed. Payments may be late or never come at all.

Obama's child support rule for incarcerated parents in effect

Minnesota residents who are facing child support debt after being incarcerated may be interested to learn that one of Barack Obama's regulations that were instated in his final month took effect on Jan. 19. This regulation, which called on states to create realistic child support amounts for those who are behind bars, was not delayed for review under the Trump administration.

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