The Minnesota Child Support Enforcement Division bases the Child Support
Guidelines Calculator on the Minnesota Child support guidelines statute, which became effective Jan. 1, 2007.
The calculator is intended to be used to estimate the amount of child support that the court may order on
a case. This calculator is for informational and educational use only and is
not a substitute for the child support guidelines.
The court has the final authority to determine the amount of a child support
order. The calculator provides an estimate only and is not a guarantee of the
amount of child support the court will order. The calculator is only able to
calculate a basic support amount for six or fewer joint children. If there are
more than six joint children, the court may determine a support order without
specifically following the guidelines.
If you have any questions about the child support guidelines you should contact
your child support agency or an attorney.
To proceed with the calculator you will need to know the
Each parent's gross monthly income (from all sources)
How many children live in each parent's home (do not count children who the
parent has a court order to pay child support)
Any other child support orders for either parent
Any spousal maintenance orders for either parent
The amount of benefits from Social Security or the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs paid to a joint child due
to a parent's disability or retirement
The monthly cost for both medical and dental coverage
The amount of child care costs
The percentage, or amount of parenting time awarded in a court order
If the parent is incarcerated, the ability to pay/minimum basic support calculation does not apply