The amount of child support a parent pays is related to the amount of overnights the court has awarded to each parent.. For purposes of calculating the amount of support owed, there are three categories of parenting time: less than 10%, 10-45%, or 45.1-50%. Because the amount of money owed varies significantly between each of these categories, there is a “cliff” between each category. For example, the amount of child support owed if a parent has 45% parenting time versus 45.1% can be quite significant. This cliff can create more conflict between the parties because it may motivate parties to dispute even one day of parenting time.
In an effort to remove some of the conflict by evening out the sharp disparity between each of the categories – making the cliff more of a slope, the Minnesota Legislature has enacted new legislation governing child support calculations that will go into effect on August 1, 2018. KMH can advise you on how the new legislation will affect your right to receive, or your obligation to pay, child support and whether modification to a child support order should be sought.