Minnesota Child Support Factors

In determining child support, the following factors are considered: (1) the financial resources of the child; (2) the financial resources, earnings, income, and assets of the parents; (3) the standard of living the child would have enjoyed if the marriage had not been dissolved; (4) the physical and emotional conditions and educational needs of the child; (5) the amount of public aid received by the child or parent; (6) any income tax consequences of the payment of support; and (7) any debt of the parents. Misconduct of a parent in the marriage is not to be considered. If the parent to receive the support payments is receiving or has applied for public aid, the support payments must be made to the public agency responsible for child support enforcement in Minnesota. There are official child support guidelines contained in Minnesota Statutes Annotated; Chapter 518.551. [Minnesota Statutes Annotated; Chapters 518.551 and 518.552].

Minnesota child support is typically calculated by using a Child Support Worksheet. The worksheet will generate an appropriate Minnesota child support obligation according to each spouse’s income and other relative numeric factors such as taxes paid and retirement contributions, etc.. Once this amount is determined it is essential to take a look at any appropriate Minnesota child support deviation factors that may be applicable to the situation. You can get more information about Minnesota child support in the Minnesota state statutes located at: