A Minnesota parent’s obligation to support his or her child does not end with divorce. A noncustodial parent will generally be required to make monthly child support payments to the custodial parent. The order setting child support will be issued at the same time as the divorce decree, and along with orders relating to other matters including child custody, visitation and spousal support.
Minnesota courts use a formula set out in the state statutes to determine a presumptive child support amount. In some cases, however, it is necessary to depart from the statutory formula. The assistance of a skilled attorney can be essential to getting a fair result in the child support order, whether you are the parent who is paying support or the parent receiving it on behalf of the child
Child support calculations can be challenging when a parent’s income fluctuates or when the parent is self-employed. Getting a fair result can also be a challenge if a parent hides income in order to skew the calculations or to avoid a child support obligation. If a noncustodial parent is underreporting income, it may be necessary to engage accounting experts or subpoena records to determine the true level of income.
At the law firm of Sheridan & Dulas, P.A., we have extensive experience dealing with child support calculation issues. We understand how the presumptive statutory guidelines work and we know when it is essential to deviate from those guidelines. We know how to analyze financial records for signs that the other spouse may be concealing income. We work hard to make sure that a client who is obligated to pay child support is treated fairly, and that a client entitled to receive child support gets an amount sufficient to provide for all of the child’s needs.