Child support is determined by utilizing the child support calculation which is based on both parties’ gross monthly income. That is the total amount of income received by each party from all sources without any deductions for taxes, insurance, etc. If a party is not working, income can be and most likely will be “imputed” to them. The smallest amount is generally 150% of the minimum wage. To utilize the child support calculator, you will need the following information:
- Each parent’s gross monthly income (from all sources).
- How many children live in each parent’s home
- (don’t count children who the parent has a court order to pay child support).
- Any other child support orders for either parent.
- Any spousal maintenance orders for either parent.
- The amount of benefits from Social Security or the U.S. Dept of Veterans Affairs
- (paid to a joint child due to a parent’s disability or retirement.)
- The monthly cost for both medical and dental coverage for the children’s portion only.
- The amount of child care costs.
- The percentage, or amount of parenting time awarded in a court order.
- If the parent is incarcerated, the ability to pay/minimum basic support calculation does not apply.
The Minnesota child support calculator is somewhat complex so if you would like assistance, please call an experienced child support attorney at Felix Law Office, P.A. at 952-894-8380. You can access the Minnesota Child Support Calculator by clicking here.