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The Minnesota Child Support 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 following information:

  • 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
  • The amount of Parenting Time per child, per parent

   Proceed to the Calculator