Dakota County Child Support Attorney
Helping Parents Resolve Legal Issues
At Martha Sullivan, Attorney at Law, we understand that determining an effective child support plan can be challenging. Whether you are the parent seeking child support or the parent paying this monetary amount, we will ensure your best interests are always represented.
Speak with our child support attorney by calling the office at (651) 998-7589.
Our Dakota County child support lawyer can help parents:
- Understand and utilize support guidelines;
- Negotiate child support payments through advocacy and litigation;
- Enforce ignored child support orders;
- Modify an existing child support payment plan;
- Locate the other parent to establish paternity; and/or
- Review and adjust the support amount.
In certain circumstances child support litigation may be necessary to ensure your child receives fair financial support from both parents. Our lawyer methodically prepare for courtroom litigation to obtain an equitable support arrangement that will benefit your child.
Minnesota Child Support Guidelines
Minnesota has a strict and complex support calculation system. While parents can create a child support agreement without the input of the court, it must follow the guidelines. These instructions are in place to help the child receive the same amount of financial help from each parent as they would if the parents shared a home.
Factors considered when calculating child support include:
- Both parents’ income
- Number of children to support
- Availability and cost of medical insurance
- Childcare expenses
- Education expenses
- Food, shelter, and clothing expenses
- The amount of court-ordered custody of the child each parent has
Additionally, the amount of time the child spends with each parent overnight at their home may be considered when calculating child support. If parents created a child support arrangement before August 1, 2019, either party can seek a modification to the arrangement that includes overnight time. Our attorney can help you effectively seek this modification from the court.
It is presumed that both parents work to earn a stable income. For this reason, the child support calculator includes the potential income of either parent. This means that if either parent is unable or unwilling to provide details about their income, then the court will create a child support arrangement based on available evidence. For example, the court may use past work experience or a testimony from the other parent to create a potential income amount that can be used to calculate support.
Once a judge rules that a specific child support payment amount is sufficient for the situation, the agreement becomes legally binding. This means that both parties must follow the support guidelines and failure to do so could result in legal consequences.
These consequences include:
- Wage garnishment: This action takes a certain amount of money out of the paying party’s paycheck each pay period.
- Property liens: This lien can only be placed on real property owned in the county the support arrangement was created.
- Driver’s license suspension: This action can only occur when the paying party is behind in support payments equal to 3 times the monthly support amount.
- Recreational license suspension: This action can only occur if the paying party is behind on payments equal to 6 times the monthly support amount.
- Passport denial: if the paying party owes more than $2,500 then the state could place a hold on the paying parent’s passport applications. This action prevents them from receiving or renewing their passport until the payment of the support amount.
If the paying party lives in another state and is refusing to pay the support amount, Minnesota can seek assistance from the state in which they reside.
How Long Do You Pay Child Support in MN?
The law states that the non-custodial parent must pay child support until the age 18. However, there are some exceptions to this rule which include:
If the child has become emancipated - meaning they have gotten married or joined the military
If the child is still in high school, the age limit increases to 20
Helping Parents Create a Sound Support Arrangement
At Martha Sullivan, Attorney at Law, our family lawyer is invested in helping you create a support agreement that would be in your child’s best interests. We are well-versed in the Minnesota state support guidelines and can help you efficiently navigate through this process.
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