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CHILD SUPPORT

CHILD SUPPORT: YOUR COMPLETE GUIDE

By Maury D. Beaulier, Esq.

 

1. IS INCOME WITHHOLDING NECESSARY?

Non-custodial parents often ask if child support must be automatically deducted from their paychecks. The answer to that question is “yes”, unless the other parent agrees to direct payments. Automatic income withholding is prescribed by Minnesota law (M.S.A. § 518.551) and automatically occurs unless it is specifically waived by agreement of the parties. Automatic income withholding provides regular payments to a custodial parent. Regular payments, however, do not mean that they always occur on the same day of the month. In fact Minnesota’s child support collection system almost always seems to ensure inconsistent payments that occur regularly.

2. WHAT ARE CHILD SUPPORT GUIDELINES?

The amount of child support paid by a non-custodial parent is dictated by Minnesota Statutes (M.S.A.§ 518.551). It states that the court cannot use vague percentages in determining child support and must derive “a specific dollar amount” which is calculated by multiplying the obligor's net income by the percentage indicated by the following guidelines:

 

Net Income Per Month of Obligor Child

1
Child

2

Child

3

Child

4

Child

5

Child

6
Child

7 or more

$550 and Below Order based on the ability of the obligor to provide support at these income levels, or at higher levels, if the obligor has the earning ability
$551 - 600 16% 19% 22% 25% 28% 30% 32%
$601 - 650 17% 21% 24% 27% 29% 32% 34%
$651 - 700 18% 22% 25% 28% 31% 34% 36%
$601 - 750 19% 23% 27% 30% 33% 36% 38%
$751 - 800 20% 24% 28% 31% 35% 38% 40%
$801 - 850 21% 25% 29% 33% 36% 40% 42%
$851 - 900 22% 27% 31% 34% 38% 41% 44%
$901 - 950 23% 28% 32% 36% 40% 43% 46%
$951-1000 24% 29% 34% 38% 41% 45% 48%
$1001 - 5000 25% 30% 35%




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