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Legal grounds for changing a Minnesota child support order

Whether you are paying or receiving child support in Minnesota, a time may come when you need to modify your existing agreement for some reason or another. At the Huson Law Firm, PLLC, we have a firm understanding of the circumstances that may warrant a change in a child support order, and we have helped many clients navigate the process involved in doing so.

Per LawHelpMN.org, if you are attempting to change the amount of child support you currently pay or receive, you must typically prove that there has been a change in circumstances that make the existing amount no longer fair. For example, if you are paying a certain amount in child support and you have now started to receive public assistance, this may warrant a change to your current child support order. You may, too, be able to pursue a change in a child support order if you or the other parent are now making considerably more or less money than you were when the order was initially enacted.

You may also pursue a change in a child support court order if you or the other parent has since had a notable change in need, or if you or the other parent has experienced a substantial change in cost of living. The Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics is the governing body responsible for assessing whether the change in cost of living is substantial enough to warrant a change in child support.

Other situations, too, may call for a change in an existing child support order. If a major change in health care coverage has taken place since the order went into effect, or if the child receiving the support now has considerable medical expenses he or she did not have before, this, too, may be grounds for a modification. If the child has new education or work-related needs, this, too, could be grounds for changing an existing child support order. More about paying or receiving child support in Minnesota is available on our web page.

 

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