Sjoberg & Tebelius, P.A.
Serving Minnesota & Western Wisconsin

How Does Parenting Time Affect Child Support in Minnesota?

storytime.jpgDivorce changes families, no doubt. One of the most significant changes to expect is the change in time each parent spends with a child. This is called "parenting time." Decisions regarding parenting time can influence many other areas of a divorce.

For instance, parenting time has a direct impact on child support orders in Minnesota. We explain why below. 

Using parenting time to calculate child support 

Minnesota courts order child support to ensure a child has the financial support of both parents. However, the amount of that support varies widely and is based on a number of factors, including parenting time.

Courts will calculate basic support amounts based on the income of both parents. Then they will look at how much time the child will be with the paying parent. The more time the paying parent spends with a child, the lower his or her support obligations will be.

More specifically, if you have your child between 10 and 45 percent of the time, your support order will decrease by about 12 percent. If you have your child for less than 10 percent of the time, no adjustments will be made. (Note that changes to Minnesota's child support laws are anticipated for July 1, 2018.)

With this in mind, parents may find that the paying parent has incentive to seek more parenting time, while the recipient parent may be motivated to deny those requests.

Other ways parenting time influences families post-divorce

In addition to the calculation of child support, parenting time can affect:

  • Where each parent lives
  • Where a child goes to school
  • Custody exchange procedures and ground rules
  • Household routines
  • Types and frequency of parental interaction and communication
  • Which parent might receive custody of a pet

Legal guidance crucial when establishing parenting time

Considering how much can be affected by parenting time, you would be wise to work with an attorney to help you pursue the custody plan you want and deserve. The relationship with your child and the foreseeable future could depend on the solutions you secure today.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Client Testimonials

Client Testimonials

  1. “Thank you for providing personalized professional services to us during a time of grief and loss when family relationships were not the best. With an attorney on board to help manage legal matters, everyone had confidence that the best was being done. ”

    Read More…
  2. “Our estate plan was handled well. We never felt rushed and all details were fully explained. Sam is very professional, easy to talk to and experienced in all aspects of estate planning. He gave examples and explored alternatives for us to consider. Well done and thanks.”

    Read More…
  3. “I was given the name of the law firm by a family friend after helplessly pilfering through endless names on websites. I am grateful I called. I was connected with Dave Meier immediately and from the go, was treated with dignity, care and respect. Every visit to the firm was pleasant and professional. ”

    Read More…
  4. “We were highly impressed upon the level and capability of Sjoberg & Tebelius. They gently showed us that there was much more to achieving the Will in the correct format that will protect our children than the quick attempts we had made on our own. Great people to work with - achieving our desired results!”

    Read More…

Over 30-years of experience Serving Minnesota & Western Wisconsin

Sjoberg & Tebelius, P.A.

2145 Woodlane Drive
Suite 101
Woodbury, MN 55125

Toll Free: 888-892-7044
Phone: 651-315-8856
Fax: 651-738-0020
Map & Directions