There are three different types of child support in Minnesota for a minor child:
In Minnesota, courts use the Minnesota Child Support Guidelines, Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 518A, to determine child support. The Minnesota Department of Human Services created an online child support calculator based on these Statutes, which can be found here: http://childsupportcalculator.dhs.state.mn.us/.
The amount of child support under the calculator is a rebuttable presumption, which means that the Court will likely order the child support amount under the guidelines except in extreme cases.
Child support is based on an “income shares model,” which means that the court will consider both parents’ incomes when determining a child support order. In Minnesota, a parent’s child support obligation is determined by referencing the guideline for the appropriate number of joint children and the combined parental income for both parents.
If you have any questions about the child support calculator or your custody case, don’t hesitate to contact our Minnesota divorce attorneys today at (612)294-2200.