Contrary to popular belief, child support obligations are not established by plucking a number out of thin air.  Minnesota, and all other states, have established detailed child support guidelines to determine appropriate obligations when parents live in separate homes.

Not all states calculate child support the same way.  In Minnesota, an obligor’s total obligation consists of three components:  (1) basic support (intended for food, clothing, shelter, transportation, and other basic needs), (2) child care support (intended to assist with daycare costs), and (3) medical support (intended for medical and dental care needs.)

Minnesota utilizes a “dual income” or “shared income” model to determine appropriate child support.  This means both parents’ incomes are considered in determining the correct obligations for basic support, medical support, and child care support.  Obligations are based off the obligor’s gross income, which is broadly defined in the Minnesota guidelines.

Child support proceedings can raise many questions.  What happens if I lose my job?  What happens if I get remarried?  What can I do if my ex isn’t paying?  What if my ex is only working part-time?  Does the Court consider other items in my monthly budget?  Minnesota’s child support guidelines are constantly evolving, and you will want to make sure you work with an attorney who is familiar with the current law and how it will apply to your case.

MN Child Support Resources:

MN Wage Data

MN Child Support Calculator

MN Child Support Forms