Categorized: Child Support

Lessons in Child Support from Lord of the Dance

Posted on Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 by Tim Simonson and is filed under Child Support, Divorce.

The internationally-acclaimed step dance production, Lord of the Dance, pushed boundaries in ways unimagined before Michael Flatley and his brilliantly-choreographed stories brought to life through step-dance; catapulting step-dance shows to broader appeal, from theaters to stadiums and arenas and beyond.  I posit that our Supreme Court proved itself Michael Flatley’s equal (in jurist terms) when… Read more »

MINNESOTA CHILD CUSTODY LAW & LESSON FROM MICHAEL BOLTON

Posted on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019 by Tim Simonson and is filed under Child Custody, Child Support, Children, Divorce, Michael Bolton.

It’s one thing to warm up to the idea of your child being forced to spend time with your ex; but being forced to encourage your child to spend time with your ex, and to enjoy it, well, that’s wading into uncharted waters. But Minnesota law forces courts to analyze a parent’s ability to encourage… Read more »

DETERMINING CHILD CUSTODY IN MINNESOTA COURTS WHERE IS HOME?

Posted on Tuesday, September 18th, 2018 by Tim Simonson and is filed under Child Custody, Child Support, Children, Minnesota.

If you want a court to help you figure what right(s) you might have to raise your child, you want to be sure you’re asking the right court, and in particular, the court of the proper state.  Usually that’s an easy question to answer.  Typically (and hopefully) it’s not hard to figure out what State… Read more »

A Lesson from Child Support Court: “Pull No Punches”

Posted on Tuesday, August 21st, 2018 by Tim Simonson and is filed under Child Support, Finances, Minnesota.

Minnesota Child Support Law mandates that child support is determined primarily by the parents’ incomes. Because income is so important to a court when figuring out a child support obligation, some parents have tried being “less than candid” when reporting income to the court.  The intent of this strategy, not surprisingly, is to end up… Read more »

Custody Modification: What do you have to Prove?

Posted on Tuesday, June 26th, 2018 by Marc Beyer and is filed under Child Custody, Child Support, Children, Divorce, Parents.

In contested child custody cases, the Court determines the issue of custody and parenting time based upon what is in the “best interests of the child.” This is not an arbitrary determination. Rather, the Court determines a child’s best interests by applying the 12 best interest factors from the statute to the facts of the… Read more »

THE NEW CHILD SUPPORT LAW; FROM “CLIFFS” TO “BUCKETS”

Posted on Tuesday, June 19th, 2018 by Tim Simonson and is filed under Child Support, Divorce, Minnesota, Parents.

Beginning August 1st, a change to the Minnesota child support law takes effect which should come to the relief of many parents who are paying too much child support under the current child support guidelines. The problem that many of these parents were facing resulted from some flaws under the former ‘Parenting Expense Adjustment’, Minn…. Read more »

Changes Coming to Child Support in Minnesota

Posted on Tuesday, April 17th, 2018 by Marc Beyer and is filed under Child Support, Divorce, Minnesota, Parents.

A variety of factors go into calculating child support. The law considers the income of both parents, the number of children, and each parent’s parenting time percentage, among other factors. The data is inputted into the child support calculator found on the Department of Human Services website, and the presumptive child support obligation is then… Read more »

When parents and grandparents share custody OF A CHILD, who pays child support?

Posted on Tuesday, January 9th, 2018 by Tim Simonson and is filed under Child Custody, Child Support, Grandparents, Parents.

Under Minn. Stat. § 518A.35, subd. 1(b), “the basic child support obligation shall be determined by referencing the guideline for the appropriate number of joint children and the combined parental income for determining child support of the parents.” This is the model for determining child support in Minnesota for children of divorced or separated parents…. Read more »