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Q: I am 16, wondering if I can get child support from my dad whom I dont live with.

Corwin Kruse answered on May 30, 2019

You cannot directly get child support; one of your parents can get child support on your behalf. If you live with your mother, she could seek child support from your dad by going to court.

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Q: Hi When does my payment of child support end? I've heard conflicting things and I'm a little confused. Thanks

I live in Hugo, MN

Corwin Kruse answered on May 30, 2019

Generally, child support ends when your child BOTH turns 18 and is out of secondary school. If still in secondary school, child support can continue until age 20.

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Q: When there is more than one child under the support order, does it modify automaticallywhen one of the children turn 18?

There are two children, under the support order, one of which is 18 as of January 2019 and will graduate June 2019. the other is 12. When contacted about how the order and amount being paid for support will change due to one child turning 18, the case worker says in Minnesota, the support order... Read more »

Lisa Watson Cyr answered on Apr 25, 2019

If the child support order does not provide a specific amount for each child, then upon the emancipation of each child the child support obligor must bring a motion to modify the child support on the basis of emancipation of a child pursuant to Minn. Stat. 518A.39, Subd. 5(c).

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Q: I have a daughter who is 19 yrs old and hast not graduated. the mother requested the court for another yr of support

If my daughter was supposed to graduate last year and she didn't and also I have a son who will turn 18 next year, is there something I can do to have the court stop the support now for my 19 yr daughter and next year when my son turns 18?

D. Patrick McCullough answered on Apr 4, 2019

It depends upon what your Judgment and Decree states relative to this issue.

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Q: Child support not used for child

My ex wife is living on her own while my child is living with my ex in laws. I'm currently trying to get full custody.

My ex in laws asked if could buy some new clothes for my child because they didn't have the money. My ex is keeping all the child support and nothing is going to her... Read more »

D. Patrick McCullough answered on May 14, 2018

In your quest for Custody, you also need to ask the court to terminate any child support payable to your X and also a request that your X pay you child support. That should take care of the problem.

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Q: I have full physical custody of my daughter She took off to her dads and won’t come back now he demanding support return

It’s only been 20 days. He enrolled her in school and hour and a half away from me and took her away from all her mental health supports.

D. Patrick McCullough answered on Apr 18, 2018

How old is your daughter? He has no right to do what he did if you have full physical custody; however depending upon your daughter's age and the circumstances as to why she left, will impact on what the court will do in this situation. You should hire an experienced family law attorney to assist... Read more »

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Q: How can I get my support lowered as my income has decreased singnificantly.?

Mom makes more than Dad. Dad had to quit job to watch kids that are under his care because Support money made it impossible to pay for daycare. Support isn't being used for caring for daughter, she's never wearing shoes that fit, her hygiene is questionable.. Also daughter will be with dad full... Read more »

D. Patrick McCullough answered on Apr 4, 2018

A substantial change in financial circumstances can be a basis to change a child support obligation. I would need to know much more to give you a complete answer. You would need to bring a motion in order to lower support(unless your X agreed). You should talk with an atty to help you.

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Q: Do I have the right to go see my child in school if i don't have custody of my child but I do pay child support?

D. Patrick McCullough answered on Mar 26, 2018

There are two types of Custody-Legal and Physical and it depends upon what your Judgment and Decree says.

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Q: A friend is going off to treatment, so clearly won't have income, is he still obligated to pay child support?

Lisa Watson Cyr answered on Mar 6, 2018

To seek relief from a child support obligation, your friend should bring a motion to modify or suspend the child support order during the period he will not be earning an income.

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Q: What does extracurricular activities above and beyond the standard schooling curriculum include?

I'm paying $1,800 a month in child support and then it says as additional child support the parties agree to equally share the costs of extracurricular activities above and beyond the standard schooling curriculum. I am wondering what that includes? My ex-wife is signing the kids up for voice... Read more »

Lisa Watson Cyr answered on Feb 15, 2018

An agreement to share extracurricular activity expenses is an obligation that is in addition to the guideline basic, medical and childcare support order. Based on the information you provided, it appears you and your ex-wife agreed to equally share the cost of extracurricular activities for the... Read more »

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Q: I pay $1,800 plus 1/2 of extracurricular. Is that part legally enforced? What defines extracurricular? VB camp? Piano?

I was told extracurricular activities is not events such as sporting fees and piano, Girl Scouts, voice lessons. She is signing them up for everything and then I have to pay half in addition to the $1,800 a month I don't think that's right isn't that what the child support is for? If I refused to... Read more »

D. Patrick McCullough answered on Feb 15, 2018

It appears you have a valid concern. If there is a provision in the Judgment and Decree relating to these expenses, than that would control. If the J&D does not address this issue and the matter is then brought before a judge, there are a # of considerations the court would take into consideration... Read more »

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Q: my ex started a gofundme page for my daughter's medical expenses. I pay 62% of med bills. Can I get part of that money

My daughter had to be hospitalized last month and the insurance company (her mothers policy for her and my daughter) covered much of the cost but not everything. After insurance I pay 62% of whatever is left to pay. My ex set up a GFM page that stated the money would be used to pay medical bills... Read more »

Lucas Wynne answered on Feb 13, 2018

All of the money should be going towards the medical bills if that is what the page was created for - not to you and not to your ex. In fact, if either of you profit from this personally (rather than pay off the bills) a crime may have been committed.

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Q: His attorney has asked me to send her my pay stubs, taxes, w2 etc To modify child support

Am I obligated to send her all my finance documents prior to the hearing?

D. Patrick McCullough answered on Feb 9, 2018

yes

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Q: If you get paid 3 checks in one month can they take child support out of your 3rd check

I am asking this cause someone I know who is paying child support says that he doesnt get anything thing taken out of the 3rd check

D. Patrick McCullough answered on Feb 7, 2018

Generally most child support Orders provide for a specific dollar amount to be paid on a monthly/semi-monthly or weekly basis and they then calculate the amount that is taken out of each check, depending upon how the individual is paid so that at the end of the year the total Ordered Child Support... Read more »

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Q: What if my sons father is not following our stipulation agreement? Child support, his portion of expenses, etc....

Lisa Watson Cyr answered on Feb 6, 2018

If your son's father is not paying his court-ordered child support, you have a few options. If he is working, you may want to apply for income withholding services through the appropriate county. You also have the option to bring a motion seeking to have your son's father held in contempt for... Read more »

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Q: My ex wife signed my son up at Huntington learning center without my consent and is now demanding I pay my half of the

8000.00 bill. I, in no way, can afford this? am I liable for this bill?

D. Patrick McCullough answered on Feb 5, 2018

It likely will depend upon what your Divorce Decree states or doesn't state.

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Q: Is there any support programs for someone who does not know the identity of who fathered their child?

In Minnesota

Lucas Wynne answered on Dec 19, 2017

There are all types of welfare programs for individuals who meet income requirements. If you do not know who fathered your child, it is best to seek voluntary paternity tests and, if necessary, bring a paternity action against the likely father as to establish child support.

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Q: am i obligated to prove how i spend my child support payments to my ex husband in minnesota?

my ex husband is trying to withhold payment till i prove how much i pay for daycare.

Lucas Wynne answered on Sep 22, 2017

No. If your ex-husband is withholding, you may need the assistance of an attorney.

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Q: am I obligated to pay support if I have no legal rights to my child? Been paying $500 a month without a court order.

Bitter ex took me to court for my child after we split and surprisingly he won full custody. My son (7) resides in Florida and I live here in MN. His father and I were never married. I have been paying $500 a month to him for the past 4 years without a court order. What's your advice? Should I go... Read more »

Lucas Wynne answered on Aug 11, 2017

Unfortunately, I cannot answer this question because it is too vague. I am unsure of the "why" behind the reason you are paying the $500 per month. I would need to know more information.

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Q: Is it illegal to receive child support if the child is not living in the house?

My daughter is 17 and has been living with her 28 year old illegal boyfriend and has had a child with him and is now currently pregnant again. She has not lived with her mother for the past two years

Joseph A. Gangi answered on Jul 24, 2017

Speak with a lawyer about getting the current order modified.

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