Minnesota parents who are divorced or separated probably have some idea of how the state's child support laws function. Where the parents are not legally together as a family unit, a court will order one of the parents to pay child support.
The court uses a number of factors to determine child support. The biggest component to the equation is the income of each parent. Of course, a person's income can fluctuate drastically over the course of their child's youth. When this happens, one parent must petition the court for a child support modification.
One man's struggles with child support illustrate how the system can sometimes be difficult to navigate. The father says that he wants to make child support payments but is unable to keep up with the amount that the court ordered him to pay. He is trying to get a modification, but he has so far been unsuccessful. As a result, he is concerned about the consequences he might face if he is unable to pay.
When it comes to enforcement of child support, the Minnesota Child Support Payment Center can utilize a number of tools under state law. One of the options is to suspend the delinquent obligor's driver's license. But this can put the obligors in a very difficult position because they may rely upon their license to drive themselves to and from work on a daily basis.
Because the penalties for non-payment of child support can be severe, including jail time, it is important for the obligors to apply for modification if needed. Under Minnesota law, parents can get modification of the child support order when they go through a substantial change in circumstances. An experienced family law attorney can help child support obligors apply for modification and get the matter resolved as quickly as possible.
Source: KFox14, "Las Cruces Dad: I want to pay child support, but I can't," Joshua Zuber, Feb. 8, 2013