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Child support laws vary for North Dakota and Minnesota parents

Lawmakers in both North Dakota and Minnesota have revised the state statutes that involve child support in recent years. As with many state laws, there are differences between the two states.

Since our family law firm represents people in both of these states, it's incumbent upon us to be fully knowledgeable and current on both states' laws. It's also important for us that our clients completely understand the statutes as we work with them to help ensure their children's well-being after a divorce.

The changes to Minnesota's laws are particularly significant. In 2007, lawmakers changed them to use a "combined income" model. That means that the gross income of both the non-custodial and custodial parents are considered when determining child support. Each parent's contribution to their children's expenses is based on their percentage of the gross combined income. However, the amount of time that each parent spends with the child is also factored in.

The North Dakota legislature has also made some changes to its child support statutes. However, the state still uses only the income of the non-custodial parent to calculate payments. The custodial parent's income is not factored in. However, household composition and some deductions are also considered.

We know that for custodial parents, obtaining the amount of child support you need to raise your family as a single parent is essential. We also know that it's important for non-custodial parents not to suffer an unfair financial burden. Few people's financial situations remain static over time. That's why we help both custodial and non-custodial parents who need to get child support orders modified. This may be necessary not just because of a change in finances, but sometimes because a child has unexpected needs, such as treatment for a physical or mental health issue or perhaps special education.

Whether you are considering divorce or need a modification to your current child support agreement, contact us for a free initial consultation to find out how we can help you protect yourself and your children.

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