Minnesota child support is determined by utilizing the child support calculation to which a link has been provided in the menu to the left. The Minnesota child support calculator is based on both parties’ gross monthly income. Gross income is defined to include virtually all income. That includes, but is not limited to, salaries, wages, commissions, self-employment income under section 518A.30, workers’ compensation, unemployment benefits, annuity payments, military and naval retirement, pension and disability payments, spousal maintenance received under a previous order or the current proceeding, Social Security or veterans benefits provided for a joint child under section 518A.31, and potential income under section 518A.32. Further information regarding gross income can be review in this link. Gross income for a business owner or self-employed person is defined in this link. Generally gross income 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.
Other relevant information for the determination of child support is the number of children in the marriage, whether a party has children of a prior relationship living with them and the amount of parenting time that the parties have with their joint children. If the parties have equal parenting time, one party may still be ordered to pay support to the other party if that party’s income is greater than the other’s. It is important to note that a parent’s failure to pay child support due to his/her inability to pay is typically not sufficient cause to deny parenting time. For an approximation of child support, please see the child support calculator link in the menu at the left. If you would like assistance using the Minnesota child support calculator, please call an experienced child support lawyer at Felix Law Office, P.A. at 952-894-8380