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Big Change To Minnesota Child Support in August

Beginning August 1st the formula for calculating monthly child support in Minnesota will change. Currently, the shifts in child support are at three levels; parenting time during the month below 10%, between 10%-45.1% and above 45.1%. The problem with this structure, referred to as the “cliff,” is that a someone with as little as 3 days of parenting a month could pay the same as someone with 14 days of parenting a month. Or a parent that only has 2 days less of parenting in a month than the other parent could end up paying several hundred dollars more in monthly child support.

A call for reform of this formula has resulted in a new law changing the parenting expense adjustment. This new formula is described as a “curve” instead of a “cliff.” There will be more levels of adjustment and less dramatic shifts in child support. Parenting time will be averaged over 2 years counting overnights or “substantial time” if not an overnight. A parent with 55% or more of the time with their children will presumed to have a zero basic support obligation.

A new free online calculator for child support should be available this summer through the Department of Human Services website.

The current calculator can be found here.

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