Minnesota Child Support | MN Child Support Information
Minnesota child support is administered by the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
MN child support information is freely available on the child support section of the Minnesota Department of Human service website at www.dhs.state.mn.us and they have a helpful MN Child Support Online section where you can obtain general information about your child support case, learn about the child support program in MN.
MN child support
MN child support aims to ensure that parents fulfil their parental obligations by providing support for their children. Child support in Minnesota is enforced by the Child Support Enforcement Division through County child support offices.
The performance of different counties in relation to child support and other issues such as child protection, foster care, family assistance etc can be compared by graph on their site.
To apply for child support services in Minnesota you contact the county child support office by phone or fax and there is a helpful map and list of all county child support service offices so that you can commence your child support case.
Child support services in MN help you to establish paternity, obtain an order for child support, collect payments, enforce child support orders and seek a variation of any order where necessary and possible.
Broadly there are two types of service provided by your county child support agency-full child support services or income withholding only services.
Full child support services (IV-D)
You may need to pay a $25 application fee and you simply fill out the online services application form and send them to your county child support office-the IV-D service is appropriate where you are a parent of the child.
Non IV-D child support services
This service is appropriate where you already have a court order for child support. The child support office will help you to enforce this order and collect your child support payments.
MN child support calculator
You can access a MN child support calculator on their website also which allows you to estimate the amount of child support which a court may order to be paid.
This will depend on the income of both parents, how many children live in each parent’s home, any spousal maintenance orders in being, benefits received, medical and dental costs for the child, child care costs and other factors.
You can input directly all of this information and you will get an estimate of the amount likely to be awarded. It is important to remember that all child support cases will be determined by the Court on the basis of the individual circumstances of the case and the MN child support calculator can only give you an estimate.
MN child support guidelines
Ultimately the amount of child support payable in Minnesota will be determined by the MN child support guidelines which take account of:
- The parents gross monthly income
- The number of children
- The availability of medical support for the child
The gross income of both parents will set the basic support likely to be ordered for the children but gross income will not include overtime, child support received or receivable, spouse’s income, public assistance, overtime, child support or spousal maintenance paid.
Anyone concerned about MN child support is well catered for by the Minnesota Department of Human services website. The MN child support online portal allows you to keep a close eye on your child support case and the website is set out in an understandable, easy to follow fashion with the very useful MN child support calculator page allowing you to arrive at a very good estimate of your child support obligations.