An important rationale for alternative dispute resolution methods, including collaborative divorce and mediation, is that parents can make better decisions for their family than can a judge who doesn’t know them. This is true with all issues in divorce or uncoupling, including child support.
Under Minnesota law, child support is set by using an online calculator. It’s very simple; plug in each parent’s income (or potential income if they’re unemployed or underemployed), the number of children, the range of parenting time each parent has, and the costs of daycare, and health and dental insurance for the children, and the calculator tells you how much each parent should pay for child support, contribution to daycare expenses and to health and dental insurance and uninsured health and dental expenses for the children.
However, simplicity shouldn’t be the only consideration. Most people share a goal of having both of them financially secure and able to meet their expenses and care for the children. The questions then are much more complex than “What does the Minnesota Child Support Calculator say?” In collaborative divorce, we ask parents to begin by creating budgets for each home, most often with the help of a single neutral financial professional. These budgets serve as a basis for their negotiations about expenses for the children. Parents can take their particular circumstances into consideration. Courts generally approve all reasonable child support provisions negotiated between the parties, particularly if they were each represented by an attorney.Tagged with: Child Support • Child Support Calculator • children • children in divorce • Collaborative Divorce • collaborative process • divorce • divorce attorney • Divorce Process • Family Law • Mediation • Money and Finances • Parents • Uncoupling