How is Child Support Calculated?

By Allison Fredrickson | Family & Divorce Law

Without getting too technical, child support law in Minnesota uses the ‘Basic Support Guideline’ to determine what is called the “basic child support obligation”. This is determined by referencing the guideline for the number of joint children and the combined gross income of the parents.

From this point, additional factors are considered before the final number or ‘net child support obligation’ can be determined. These factors include:

  • Amount of Parenting Time spent with each child
  • Medical and Dental Insurance Premium cost
  • Daycare costs
  • Number of non-joint children that live with you
  • Amount of previous Child Support Orders that you presently pay for non-joint children
  • Receipt of benefits such as Medical Assistance and child care assistance.

The state of Minnesota has an online calculator that is universally recognized and used by all family law professionals including attorneys, Judges, mediators and child support officers.

While the calculator appears straight forward, there are many details that must be considered before entering certain numbers. These details can be found in the Statute, but they are not detailed on the calculator. Before you rely on an incorrect result, it is best to contact a family attorney for assistance.


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