When people go through a divorce, the question of child support in Mankato, MN is often foremost in the minds of the parents. In many cases, the parent who receives primary custody of the child will be entitled to get child support from the non-custodial parent. While the non-custodial parent will usually have visitation rights, they will typically have the child with them for less than half of the time and will therefore need to pay child support based on a calculation dictated by the state. While there is a general guideline in place regarding child support payments, the amount can be adjusted by a judge based on the specific needs and finances of the parents involved in the case.
Child support is meant to cover many things, but in general it should cover all the child’s basic needs. This can include things like medical care costs (including insurance,) daycare or after school care, education costs, travel costs, and even the costs involved in entertainment and extracurricular or after school activities. The parent who pays child support will generally have to make that payment to the custodial parent on a monthly basis. The child support is calculated based upon income at the time the child support was ordered. If there are changes in income, the non-custodial parent may go to court to request a change in the child support payments.
The implementation of child support can be somewhat complicated for both parents, but an experienced lawyer can make this process smoother and easier for everybody. If back child support is due, the situation becomes more complicated, so the parent who is owed child support will usually need a lawyer to help them in filing for the past due money.
Sometimes the child support guidelines simply don’t apply to a given situation, and in those cases working with a lawyer is especially vital. The great majority of child support cases follow the general state guidelines for child support payments. If the child support order needs to be different, the case can be expected to take longer. If you need help with child support in Mankato, MN, consider calling the team at Blatzlawminnesota.com today.
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