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To use the child support calculator, select or enter the appropriate information next to each statement.

When you have completed the form, click on the calculate button to get an estimate of the amount of child support that the non-custodial parent will have to pay to the custodial parent in Minnesota.

Disclaimer: Please remember that these calculators are for informational and educational purposes only. The amount of child support a court will order for any particular case may be different from the amount estimated by the calculator.

For the most part, these calculators assume that all of the children at issue will primarily live with one parent. They are not intended to estimate child support for joint physical custody or split custody arrangements.

These calculators do not take into account any possible adjustments for children who are not subject to the custody order, but who are living with one of the parents. Finally, these calculators may be based on older or outdated state guidelines or calculations and may not take into consideration state or federal tax implications on income.

These and many other factors can affect a child support order entered by a court.

Applying for Minnesota Child Support Services

If you are in need of child support services in Minnesota, you can apply through your county child support agency. Locations include: Minneapolis, St. Paul, Rochester, Duluth, St. Cloud, and elsewhere in the state.

In order to apply for child support services through the Child Support Enforcement Division (CSED) – a branch of the Minnesota Department of Human Services – you must pay a $25 non-refundable fee. Some individuals may be able to have the fee waived. Check with the Minnesota CSED for criteria to determine if you are eligible for child support services: http://www.dhs.state.mn.us/main/idcplg?IdcService=GET_DYNAMIC_CONVERSION&RevisionSelectionMethod=LatestReleased&dDocName=id_000160.

In Minnesota, you can either apply for full child support services or income-withholding only services. Following is a breakdown of each type of service:

Full Child Support Services

  • Locating the non-custodial parent
  • Establishing paternity
  • Obtaining court orders for medical care and child support
  • Reviewing and requesting modification of child support orders
  • Adjusting child support based on the cost-of-living (COLA) index’
  • Enforcing payment in Minnesota and other states
  • Processing and distributing payments
  • Withholding income for payment 

Income-Withholding Only Services

  • Processing income withholding payments made by the non-custodial parent
  • Distributing child support payments

Please speak with a CSED case worker to determine which type of service best suits you and your child/ren’s needs.

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