How is the amount of child support calculated?

Burnsville, MN family law attorney John Burns talks about how courts decide the amount of child support given.

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There is a calculator online. If you go to website and you link to it, you’re able to put in some numbers yourself. You ultimately need the help of a lawyer or a legal assistant to make sure that you’re doing it right, but you’ll find that there’s a shared income model under Minnesota law and that when we put in the gross incomes of both parties and add in the parenting time that is going to be expected that we can figure out what the child support is going to be, and the idea behind the shared income model is that the courts and the legislature wanted to see that the children had the benefit of the incomes from both parents in both households in establishing what they need on a day to day basis.