Child support is monetary payment that goes from a noncustodial parent to a custodial parent with the purpose of the payment to aid in the care and upbringing of the child. Under Minnesota law, a child has the right to be financially supported by both parents. This is true even when one parent does not have physical or legal custody. The responsibility to pay child support only terminates when the child is an adult, or when the parental relationship is legally terminated.
Del Blocher Law believes that every child should be supported by their parent, but we also know that an unfair agreement can put an unjust financial strain on a child support payee. A good child support agreement is crucial to the financial and emotional health of the family—even a divorced family. We strive to find mutually-beneficial solutions for our families by ensuring that their children are supported financially and emotionally well.
Minnesota Child Support guidelines have fluctuated throughout the years and changed again in August 2018. The new guidelines state that parenting time percentages will be defined by an annual average based on a two-year period rather than a two-week period. The formula for deciding the financial support obligation will be based on the relative income of the parents, and an “overnight equivalent” was added to the calculations.
Child support can be confusing and very complex. Del Blocher Law firm will be diligent in developing a child support agreement that is fair and clear to all parties involved.