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Child Support Arrears: From Calculation to Payment

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Child Support Arrears: From Calculation to Payment

July 21, 2023

By Johnson/Turner Legal

Child Support Arrears: From Calculation to Payment

July 21, 2023

By Johnson/Turner Legal

Navigating the complexities of child support arrears can be challenging, but at Johnson/Turner, we’re committed to providing clarity and support every step of the way. In this post, we’ll explore how child support arrears are calculated and the duration of payment obligations.

What Are Child Support Arrears?

Firstly, it’s crucial to distinguish between child support arrears and retroactive child support. Child support arrears occur when there’s an existing order, and the obligated parent falls behind on payments. For instance, if a parent hasn’t paid child support for three years, the arrearage refers to these missed payments.

On the other hand, retroactive child support applies when there’s no existing order, and a parent seeks support for a past period, up to two years before filing the request.

Calculating Child Support Arrears

The process to calculate arrears is straightforward. We take the total amount the obligated parent was supposed to pay and subtract what they’ve actually paid. The difference is the arrearage amount. A court order will then specify how much the parent must pay monthly towards these arrears, typically set at twenty percent of the current support obligation.

Duration of Payment Obligations

It’s important to note that the obligation to pay arrears continues even after the child is no longer a minor. The debt remains until fully paid, and it will accrue interest at a rate defined by Minnesota law.

Johnson/Turner: Your Ally in Navigating Child Support

At Johnson/Turner, we have extensive experience in guiding our clients through the nuances of child support, ensuring their rights and responsibilities are clearly understood. Our approach is built on:

  1. Transparency: We believe in clear communication, keeping you informed every step of the way.
  2. Empathy: We understand the emotional complexities involved and offer compassionate support.
  3. Expertise: Our team is well-versed in Minnesota’s child support laws, providing you with expert guidance.
  4. Innovation: Leveraging technology, we simplify the legal process for your convenience.
  5. Community-Focused: We’re committed to supporting you and strengthening our community through legal excellence.

Contact Us for Personalized Support

If you’re dealing with child support arrears or have any questions about child support in Minnesota, we’re here to help. Contact Johnson/Turner today to discuss your case and find out how we can assist you in achieving a fair and effective resolution.


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