Child Support

Q:        How is child support calculated?

A: Minnesota has guidelines to determine child support payments. The payment amount is based on each parent’s gross income and the amount of time each parent spends with the children. The guidelines also provide for additional add-on amounts for child care, health and dental insurance, and unreimbursed medical expenses.

Q:        Can child support be modified?

A: Modification of child support may occur at the request of either parent, so long as there has been a “substantial change in circumstance” that makes the terms of the prior arrangements unfair or unreasonable.  To modify child support, the parent seeking to change the existing arrangement must bring a motion before the Court and present evidence showing that a substantial change in circumstances as occurred.

Q:        Is there a calculator available that will help me calculate my child support obligation

A: The Minnesota Department of Human Services has published an interactive child support calculator that will assist you in determining what obligations may be appropriate in your case.