Minnesota Child Support Lawyer
Minnesota law states that both parents are obligated to make a financial contribution to the care of the child. There are three components to child support: Basic support, medical support, and child care support. These three components ensure that all of the child’s needs are met through the support that is paid. This support typically continues until the child is 18 years old or when the child graduates from high school, whichever happens second.
Child Support Guidelines
Minnesota’s child support guidelines are very specific. Recently, the guidelines were changed to account for the income of both parents rather than one parent. Another factor is parenting time and how it is looked at instead of who has custody of the child. Because both parents need to contribute financially, the amount of time that the parent spends with the child can have an influence on how much the child is supported by that parent. Considering this makes the amount of support paid a fairer amount.
Failure To pay Child Support Consequences
When child support is not paid on time each month, it is in arrearage. This amount continues to grow as child support is not paid. Even sporadic payments will result in an arrearage and this amount will need to be caught up as soon as possible because it is not forgiven without an appearance in court. The consequences of non-payment include:
- Driver’s license, occupational license, and recreational license revocation
- The taking of tax refunds
- Revocation or denial of a passport
- Car and property liens
- Collections activity by a collection agency
- Reporting the non-payment to the consumer reporting agencies
- Putting a hold on bank accounts
- Charging interest on unpaid child support
- Prison time
Failing to pay child support does not affect parenting time. The court recognizes that failure to pay child support is not a reason to restrict or deny parenting time with the children. If you have failed to pay child support or you are a recipient who has not received child support, contact your Minnesota divorce lawyer as soon as possible.
Modification Of Support
There are times in which the financial situations of one or both parents change. If that happens, one parent may be able to receive more support or the amount of support may need to be reduced due to reduced income. Any time there is a change in income or parenting time, this needs to be brought to the attention of the court and your Minnesota child support lawyer can do this for you so that the amount of support paid is fair while still meeting the needs of the child.
Contact A Minnesota Divorce Lawyer
If you need to seek child support, need to modify child support, or there is a failure to pay child support, you need to speak to your attorney. You have rights and there is a lot of information you need to know about child support and the options available to you. Any time you must address a child support issue, we can help you. Call the Liebmann Law Office at 952-882-1227 for your free 30 minute phone consultation.