Whether you're the parent requesting or paying for child support, support battles can be frustrating to navigate. At Johnson/Turner Legal, we're committed to helping parents protect their rights while pursuing their child's best interests.
When you work with our firm, you gain access to a team consisting of an experienced Minnesota child support lawyer, two paralegals, a client engagement specialist, and a life coach. We'll help you move forward with a case strategy custom-tailored to your needs while giving you the tools to maintain a strong relationship with your children.
There are three basic elements to every child support plan in Minnesota:
Minnesota uses an "income shares" model to calculate child support. Essentially, the court feeds various factors like the gross income of both parents, the number of children, and the cost of providing those children with a good quality of life, into a calculator. The calculator then determines an equitable child support arrangement for the parents.
Minnesota provides an online child support calculator so you can get an idea of what your child support obligations may be. You can access the calculator by following this link.
During a child support battle, the court tries to ensure that a child retains the same quality of life post-divorce that they maintained while the parents were married. Courts then try to arrive at an equitable arrangement given the circumstances of the parents.
For example, if one parent was the primary breadwinner in the marriage and the other parent lacks access to a job, the court may stipulate that the higher-earning parent should pay substantial child support until the other parent finds employment.
At Johnson/Turner Legal, our Minnesota child support lawyers can help you protect your rights if you believe your co-parent is lying about their circumstances or has purposefully avoided finding employment to ensure you pay child support. We can also help you file for an order modification if your circumstances change in a manner that renders your current child support arrangement untenable.
Child support cases often happen in conjunction with child custody battles.For an in-depth overview of how we approach child custody, you can visit our Child Custody page.
We know that for many parents, legal fees are a concern. At Johnson/Turner Legal, our flat-fee pricing guarantees that you pay for our services, not our time. When you bring us on board for your case, you never have to worry about hidden fees or unexpected costs ever again.
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