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How Child Support Works In Minnesota

Parental rights also come with parental responsibilities. Child support refers to the financial obligation that goes along with raising a child.

In Minnesota, judges often enter support orders during divorce or child custody proceedings. Child support proceedings can also follow on the heels of a paternity determination. Requests for subsequent changes to an existing support obligation are often decided by child support magistrates (CSMs).

Whether you are the recipient or payer, child support can significantly impact your financial picture. The monthly payments will likely continue until your child turns 18. For both parents, it is important to know what to expect so you can plan ahead to maintain financial stability.

Navigating Child Support Hurdles

Child support is intended to cover normal living expenses. For example, a basic child support order should be enough to cover:

  • The child's housing, food, clothing and education
  • The child's medical and dental insurance
  • The child's day care costs

In Minnesota, the amount of child support is generally determined by statutory guidelines based on both parents' income. Both parents are presumed fit to work unless they demonstrate otherwise. The custody and parenting time arrangement is also taken into account.

Changes in either party's circumstances may warrant a modification of the existing order, either to increase or reduce the amount of support. The court or child support magistrate must approve any proposed modifications. Likewise, if the paying parent fails to comply with the child support order, court intervention may be necessary to enforce compliance.

Tailored Legal Guidance | Practical Legal Solutions

At Marvin Law Office, L.L.C., in Anoka County, our child support lawyer represents both parents seeking to obtain child support as well as those seeking to oppose it. Founding attorney Joseph E. Marvin has more than 30 years of experience handling child support matters at various stages of proceedings, from the initial establishment of the order to requests for modifications to termination of support.

At our firm, you can expect to receive focused legal guidance tailored to fit your individual needs and goals.

Our attorney takes a common sense approach toward family law cases. He provides realistic and practical legal solutions to help clients make informed decisions.

Contact Our Anoka Child Support Modification And Enforcement Attorney

Learn more about child support during a free initial consultation with attorney Joe Marvin in downtown Anoka, Minnesota. Our firm represents clients throughout the county, including Andover, Blaine and Lino Lakes.

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