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What child support changes occurred in 2018?

If you pay child support, it is important to stay on top of the different things happening with the system in Minnesota. According to WDIO, the child support guidelines changed in 2018. These changes may affect how much you have to pay in child support, but you will only know if your case is affected if you petition the court to revise your order. Even though the changes went into effect on August 1, 2018, they were not automatically applied to existing child support orders.

The changes basically redesigned the formula used for deciding the amount of support paid. The courts now consider parenting time. The amount of parenting time you have with your children could lower the amount of support you pay because the court recognizes that you require money to support your children when they are in your care. Specifically, the court looks at the number of overnights each parent has since overnight stays require more resources from the parent who has the children.

The ruling for child support is based on the parenting order as it is set. If your current parenting time does not include a lot of time or overnights, you probably will not see much of a change in your child support amount. It is even possible it will go up. The court will still use your income, the number of children and other factors to figure out the amount of support. Now, though, it will also look at parenting time. This information is for education only. It is not given as legal advice.

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