Child Support-An Issue Worth Fighting For
When a relationship ends, the shockwaves that ripple through the marriage or long-term relationship are far-reaching and potentially devastating. If children are a part of the equation, they bear the brunt of the hurt and confusion created by a divorce or separation. Whether born in or out of wedlock, our children represent our future selves, and securing their financial support and well-being after a divorce or separation should be a primary issue amidst a sea of vital concerns.
In our role as counselors, mediators and advocates, the Minnesota divorce lawyers of Heimerl & Lammers are intimately versed in Minnesota child support law, and will work tirelessly to see to it that your children maintain a solid standard of living during this truly difficult time.
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- IV-D System – Child Support when the County is Involved
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Calculating Child Support In Minnesota
Under Minnesota law, child support payments are typically court-ordered. The law considers child support an absolute right of an individual child. Because of this, support payments may not be waived or objected to by either parent. In 2007, Minnesota made a substantial change in the way its courts calculate child support. Under Minnesota Statute 518A, courts now calculate child support based on an “income share” model, one that takes the income of both parents and the needs of the children into account and creates a support model based on income, need, and time spent with the respective parents.
Payments typically cover all of the costs associated with raising a child, including basic needs such as housing, food, transportation and education. The court will not require an accounting for how the child support payments are spent by the custodial parent. Whether you’re requesting child support payments or thinking that you will have to provide them, the family lawyers at Heimerl & Lammers are up-to-speed on the new law, and are ready to help you navigate the intricacies of the support payment process.
Contact Our Minneapolis Child Support Lawyers
There is no reason children should suffer unnecessarily from the break-up of a marriage or long term relationship. The family law lawyers of Heimerl & Lammers realize the absolute importance of creating and maintaining child support payments, and will work tirelessly to see that the needs of the children, as well as the working adults who love them, are entirely met.
If you’re going through a divorce or separation, and believe that child support payments are going to be a part of that process, feel free to contact our Minnesota child support law firm so we can get to work on minimizing the toll taken on every aspect of your family, including the youngest ones most in need of assistance and advocacy.