Minnesota Child Support Archives

In Calculating a Business Owner's Child Support, the Facts are Important

Recently, the Minnesota Court of Appeals had the opportunity to address the amount of discretion trial judges have in setting child support for Minnesota parents, specifically when determining child support for a self-employed individual.

Minnesota Supreme Court Weighs in on Child Support Calculation for Self-Employed Parents

On May 29, 2013, in the case of Haefele v. Haefele, the Minnesota Supreme Court reversed the Minnesota Court of Appeals and held that when calculating a self-employed parent's income for purposes of determining child support, the court must first identify the self-employed parent's business's total gross receipts, costs of goods sold, and ordinary and necessary expenses, regardless of whether any business funds have been distributed or are available to that parent. This is the starting point for a district court analyzing a self-employed parent's cash flow to determine child support.

Going Nowhere Fast, Part I: Passports for Minor Children of Divorced or Never-Married Parents

If you plan to take your child anywhere from a fishing trip to Canada to a Caribbean cruise, a divorce can create many complications, especially in getting the Bureau of Consular Affairs to issue your child a passport.  In addition to the normal proofs of identity, photos, applications, and fees, divorced and never-married parents have to work together to get their child's passport application approved.

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