Important Information Regarding
Minnesota's Child Support Law
MINNESOTA'S CHILD SUPPORT LAW can affect you or someone you
Here are some things you
- The custodial parent's
income will be taken into account when calculating child
The MN law considers the gross incomes of both
parents. As you may be aware, the law previously only looked at
the net income of one person - the person paying child support!
- Forget the Labels
Under the MN law there is less significance placed on
the label of "sole physical custody" or "joint physical
custody" when it comes to its effect on child support.
- Child Support Obligations
A non-custodial parent (the one who pays child support,
otherwise known as an "obligor") may end up paying less child
support. The MN statute provides a 12% credit off of child
support for a parent who has child(ren) in his or her care
from 10% to 45% of the time annually. For a parent who has
the child(ren) in his or her care over 45% of the time
annually a substantial break in child support is given
even though the parties may have never been awarded "joint
- A 20% decrease in the gross
income of either party or a 20% change in the child support
amount will trigger a potential change in child support.
A change in child support is permitted
The gross income of either party goes down by at least 20%
through no fault or choice of their own; or If child support
due under the MN statute would be 20% higher or lower than a prior court order (with at least a $75
monthly change in child support).
- Those paying child support
for one child are likely to really benefit!
Analysts have determined that a person who pays child support
for just one child stands the best chance of getting their
child support reduced under the MN statute. However, even if
an obligor is paying child support for more than one child,
the obligor's child support could still decrease particularly
if the obligor's gross income is considerably less than the
gross income of the obligee (the person who receives child
- Hardship cases may prevent
an otherwise allowable change in child support.
The court does retain the discretion to limit the change in
child support if it determines that the change would create a
hardship for either party.
- Those earning less than
$957 gross a month are likely to see substantial decreases in
If an obligor's gross income is less than $957 monthly, he or
she will only need to pay $50 monthly for one or two children;
$75 monthly for three or four children; and $100 monthly for
five or more children.
Now is the time to put yourself in the driver's seat! If you
discover that you are presently eligible to change your child
support amount, acting now could save you hundreds of dollars.
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