The Minnesota Legislature passed a law in 2005 that made major changes to the state’s child support rules and introduced new child support guidelines. Before the new law, Minnesota was one of only 13 states that did not consider both parents’ income in the calculation of child support.
Minnesota had traditionally required child support payments from the parent who was not awarded primary physical custody of the child. Under the new law, child support obligations are based on the gross income of both parents and the amount of parenting time each parent is awarded. At Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A., we guide you through the child support process.
In addition to establishing child support guidelines based on the parents’ gross income, the 2005 revision made many other significant changes, including:
While child support in Minnesota generally is based on the statutory guidelines, the court can deviate from the guidelines based on factors that include:
An experienced family law attorney can review your family’s circumstances and explain how the child support guidelines are likely to affect your case.
If your, your ex-spouse’s or your child’s circumstances change substantially, the court can modify your child support order. Some circumstances that could lead the court to modify the support order include:
If you believe you have grounds to modify your child support order, contact a knowledgeable family law attorney at Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A.
Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A. is dedicated to providing excellent legal representation in each and every case. We serve families throughout Minnesota, including in Washington County, Dakota County, Burnsville, Stillwater, Oakdale and Woodbury, MN. Contact an Oakdale family law firm with more than 50 years of combined experience. Call 651-379-3024 or contact us online.
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