Under current Minnesota law, each county attorney is in charge of collecting back child support for so long as there are outstanding delinquent payments. However, if a proposal now under consideration in the Minnesota legislature passes in to law, the county attorney will not have to engage in child support order enforcement under certain circumstances.
A Minnesota judge recently took an opportunity to explain to residents of this state how Minnesota's child support formula works.
It probably comes as no surprise to our Minnesota readers that a court will normally order a non-custodial parent to pay child support. Those parents who fail to pay child support as ordered risk a variety of penalties, including license suspensions and jail time.
When a woman in a state outside of Minnesota swore in an affidavit that her husband owed her delinquent payments for child support, the local office charged with enforcing support orders began the process of causing penalties to be imposed upon the supposedly malingering father.
A man from another state who agreed to donate his sperm so that lesbian partners could have a child now finds himself the target of a state-driven child support enforcement action. Perhaps because of this case, some are now challenging Minnesota lawmakers to update this state's child support rules to account better for the practice of artificial insemination.
Many of our St. Paul readers may be interested to hear about the interesting approach another Minnesota county is taking to collecting unpaid child support. The Child Support Unit in Cass County, which is north of the Twin Cities, apparently spent an earlier part of this year contacting by phone those noncustodial parents who owe child support payments.
Recent Census statistics show that the number of Minnesota children has increase over the last 10 years. In 2000, 114,000 young Minnesotans lived below the federal poverty. In 2011, 194,000 children lived in poverty: an increase of 80,000, or 70 percent, since 2000.
While Minnesota ranks fourth in the United States in getting non-custodial parents to pay something toward child support, these parents still owe a combined $1.5 billion in delinquent payments.
When parents divorce in Minnesota, a court issues an order to ensure that both parents provide financially to accommodate the child. This is known as a child support order. It is very important that parents achieve a child support order that is reasonable and appropriate; and, if circumstances change and the child support arrangement becomes unmanageable, it is best to follow legal channels in order to receive a modified child support order.