Child custody, parenting time and child support are core issues in any divorce with minor children, and they are the key issues at the end of a relationship for parents who weren't married. Because child support and child custody laws differ from state to state, it's important to ensure that you are getting accurate information about what to expect in your family court case. In some states, child custody, parenting time and child support are treated as totally separate issues, but in Minnesota, these issues intersect quite a bit.
Child support basics
Minnesota, like many other states, considers both parents' incomes when calculating child support. The court gathers all income information, including salaries, wages, commissions, unemployment, pension and disability benefits, and self-employment income, for each parent. A credit is given for child support of children who are not part of the existing case. The total of the two parents' incomes, and the number of children in the existing case, determines the amount of combined child support obligation, which is divided between the parents proportionately. Basic support is computed using the guidelines set out in Minnesota law.