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What factors determine how much you pay in child support?

On Behalf of | Jan 2, 2024 | blog, Family Law

Navigating the complexities of child support is often a key aspect of divorce or separation. In Minnesota, the determination of child support payments varies based on certain factors.

Understanding the elements that influence the calculation of child support payments is important for parents navigating this aspect of family law in Minnesota.

Income of both parents

A key factor influencing child support payments in Minnesota is the income of both parents. The court considers the gross income of each parent, including wages, bonuses and other sources of income. This assessment helps establish a fair and equitable contribution from each parent.

Parenting time

The amount of time each parent spends with the child is another noteworthy factor in determining child support payments. If one parent has more parenting time, the other parent may have to contribute a higher amount in child support. This reflects the principle that the parent with less time may incur fewer expenses related to the child’s needs.

Child care and health care costs

Child support calculations in Minnesota also consider additional expenses related to childcare and health care. The costs associated with these aspects of a child’s well-being factor into the overall child support determination. Understanding and documenting these expenses accurately helps ensure a fair and comprehensive assessment.

Other child support obligations

If a parent is already paying child support for another child or children from a different relationship, these obligations carry weight when determining child support for a new case. The court ensures that the financial commitments of both parents align with their ability to contribute to the well-being of each child.

According to LendingTree, the average American parent who pays child support pays about $7,906 in support each year. Understanding the factors that determine child support payment amounts helps parents navigate the Minnesota child support process more effectively.