Minnesota law considers the best interests of the children to be a primary factor in virtually any aspect of divorce, and providing health care is certainly a major issue. However, our Minneapolis child support lawyers warn that covering the children under either parent’s health insurance is only the most basic consideration.

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New MN statutes now make allowances for parenting time when computing the child support obligations shared by both parents. This relatively simple change adds complexity to the calculations, requiring parents to consider many underlying factors accurately to receive fair treatment.

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It is important to know how the IRS treats spousal maintenance and child support to ensure that both are considered correctly on your income tax return. Generally speaking, spousal maintenance is tax deductible to the payor, but the payee (recipient) must pay taxes on it. Child support is not tax deductible to the payor, and the payee does not have to pay income tax on it. While it is easy to determine what is characterized as “child support,” it can be a bit more complicated to determine what qualifying “alimony” is. Alimony, in order to be tax …

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Child support in Minnesota is governed by the Minnesota child support guidelines. Here are some of the key elements associated with these awards: Basic Support: The cash payment one parent makes to another, on a monthly basis, for the support of a child. Medical Support: The allocation of medical insurance premiums and uninsured medical expenses relating to a child . Daycare Support: The allocation of work-related care expenses associated with a child. Child Support Guidelines: Provide the formula for determining the appropriate amount of …

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One of the issues that divorcing parents have to tackle involves an allocation of the income tax exemptions for the minor children. Who claims who? This is a matter that should not be overlooked; tens of thousands of dollars in future tax benefits may be at stake. And, if both parents make the same claim in the same year, a phone call from the IRS is certain to follow.

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As more and more counties adopt the early neutral evaluation model, fewer divorce litigants face the prospect of a motion for temporary relief. A decade ago, nearly every party to a divorce would seek some sort of temporary order from the judge, given the fact that few alternatives were available for immediate structured debate and discussion concerning issues like custody, parenting time, child support, property division and spousal maintenance.

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