What Is Considered When Calculating Child Support?
Generally, child support obligations in Minnesota are based on a set of statutory guidelines utilizing the following information:
Each parent's gross monthly income from the following sources:
Military and Naval retirement
How many children live in each parent's home (not including children who the parent has a court order to pay child support);
Any existing child support obligations for either parent;
Any spousal maintenance obligations for either parent;
The amount of any benefits received from Social Security or the U.S. Department 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;
The amount of child care costs for each child; and
The parenting time for each parent.
These guidelines serve as a guide and not necessarily as a final determination as to the amount of child support to be paid. The final determination may deviate from the guidelines based upon the following factors:
the financial resources of the child;
the financial resources, earnings, income, and assets of the parents;
the standard of living the child would have enjoyed if the marriage had not been dissolved;
the physical and emotional conditions and educational needs of the child;
the amount of public aid received by the child or parent;
any income tax consequences of the child support payments; and
any debt of the parents.
Misconduct of a parent is not considered in the establishment of the child support obligations.