When parents of minors get divorced, they may need to make child support arrangements. Like most states, Minnesota has a formula for determining child support that includes accounting for each parent's income, how many kids are involved and how much time the children spend with each parent.
In Minnesota and around the country, fathers are expected to provide child support to their children even if they are not and never were married to the kid's mothers. While married men are usually presumed to be the legal fathers of any children born during their marriages or within a period of time after a divorce, things are not so straightforward when a marriage has never taken place.
Divorced non-custodial parents residing in Minnesota and elsewhere in the U.S. may have questions about how to lower their child support payments. There are several reasons a child support reduction may be granted. For example, the court may allow a child support reduction if a parent suffers a significant change in his or her financial situation or when a child becomes an adult and is therefore capable of self-support. The court may also grant a child support reduction if both parents are in agreement about the reduction.
Child support obligations are usually determined by the regulations found in the Child Support Standards Act, but that all changes with joint custody. When parents share custody of a child, a variety of additional factors will need to be taken into consideration. In the state of Minnesota, a very specific formula is used to determine how much a parent will pay in child support if custody is shared.
Ending a marriage usually involves making a number of financial adjustments. A recent study from the online marketplace Worthy suggests that many divorced women in Minnesota and around the country are not prepared to meet these challenges. Worthy polled 1,785 women who were either considering a divorce or had already taken steps to end their marriages, and almost half of them said that they had encountered one or more unexpected financial setbacks.
Unexpectedly developing a disability can significantly impair a parent's ability to work and pay any required child support. Minnesota parents who are required to pay child support should know that a disability does not end their duty to make child support payments. However, there may be modifications made to their existing payment arrangements that take into account their disability.
When some Minnesota women get a divorce, they might be more likely to be responsible for paying child support or alimony than in the past according to a survey by the American Association of Matrimonial Lawyers. A Pew Research study found that in around 40 percent of families, women are the breadwinners. However, although alimony has been gender neutral since a 1979 Supreme Court ruling, some women are still unprepared for the possibility of having to pay spousal or child support. Furthermore, being the breadwinner does not mean these women are immune from being in abusive relationships.
Minnesota families dependent upon payroll collections of child support will be pleased to know the federal agency in charge of coordinating deductions and payments is improving its platform in hopes of increased efficiency. Over $33 billion in child support payments was collected in 2016, the last annual reporting period, and roughly 75% came through payroll deductions. The federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) recently announced improvements to their collections process designed to better fulfill its mission of assisting state agencies with enforcing court-ordered payment obligations.
Many Minnesota workers have their wages garnished because they have fallen behind on their child support or student loan payments. A study that was conducted into wage garnishment and that was based on 2016 payroll data sheds light on its primary causes.
As many Minnesota estranged couples know, parenting does not stop after a divorce, but it can become more challenging. There are some things, however, that parents can do to ensure that their children find constancy and stability even when they are splitting their time between two homes.