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Child Custody/ Parenting Time Attorneys
Molinaro Davis Law PLLC
2809 Cliff Road East, Suite 100 Burnsville, Minnesota 55337
divorce
Following a divorce, or when unmarried parties have a child together, the court may award one of the parents child custody, which includes the care, control, and maintenance of a child. Custody and parenting time can become an issue when married parents are seeking a dissolution of marriage, in a court action for paternity and/or domestic abuse, when a child lives with a third party and is cared for by that third party (such as a grandparent), or if a child is involved in a “child in need of protective services” (CHIPS) proceeding or a juvenile delinquency case.    Kristin Davis has experience handling child support matters and has represented clients in all types of child support matters. Our firm offers free telephone or in person consultations.  To request a free consultation, please fill out the form or call our office at (651) 705-8800 to request a consultation.  You may also email our firm at atty@molinarodavis.com.   
CLIENT & COLLEAGUE REVIEWS “Kristin is very experienced in family law.  She can take your case from beginning to end.  Very professional.” “Kristin Davis is a very thorough attorney.  She is smart and provides no nonsense advice to her clients.  She pays attention to detail and doesn’t miss anything.  She is a great attorney.  You won’t regret hiring Kristin.” “Teresa Molinaro is as thoughtful and thorough as she is insightful and professional.  She took on my complicated legal case, did her research and sought outside advice when appropriate.  Her follow through was excellent, and although I don’t yet know the outcome of my case, I do know that I have the very best attorney working for me!” “Ms. Molinaro was a pleasure to work with.  She kept me informed promptly of any new developments in our case.  She is wise and respectful and always steered me in the right direction.  I feel very fortunate to have had the pleasure to having Ms. Molinaro as an attorney and would recommend her as a competent, resourceful ethical legal advisor.”
The foregoing is meant to be general guidance and does not constitute legal advice.  Please contact our firm at (651) 705-8800 to discuss your specific questions regarding child support or fill out the form above. Serving the entire metro area, including, but not limited to, Dakota County, Ramsey County, Hennepin County, Carver County, Scott County, Washington County, Rice County, Burnsville, Eagan, Lakeville, Apple Valley, Rosemount, Mendota Heights, South St. Paul, West St. Paul, Inver Grove Heights, Savage, Bloomington,  Farmington, Prior Lake, Mendota, Lilydale, St. Paul, Minneapolis, Richfield, and Shakopee.
Molinaro Davis Law PLLC  |  2809 Cliff Road East, Suite 100| Burnsville, MN | 55337 | Tel: (651) 705-8800 | Fax: (651) 705-8803
             Website: www.molinarodavis.com  Email: atty@molinarodavis.com

Frequently Asked Questions

Can a child support magistrate order parenting time?

I have a hearing before a child support magistrate.  Can they order parenting time?

No.

A child support magistrate, though still acting as a judge, has limited authority, in that they are able to set child support and other support terms, but cannot order parenting time or custody unless the parties have an agreement.  A party has to file for custody and/or parenting time issues in District Court.

How is child support determined?

I’m asking my spouse for child support; how is it determined?

Minnesota has guidelines to determine child support.

Minnesota has guidelines that the court must follow when determining child support.  The child support is based upon the incomes of both parents and the needs of the children under the guidelines established by the State.  Child support includes basic support, medical support, and child care support.  Basic support includes the costs for a child’s housing, food, clothing, transportation, education, and other expenses.  Medical support includes health and dental insurance costs, or uninsured or unreimbursed medical and dental expenses.  Child care support includes payments for child care costs when parents are working or attending school.

Is parenting time considered in calculating child support?

Do I get an reduction in child support if my spouse has custody of the child?

Parenting time is considered in calculating child support.

The amount of parenting time is considered in calculating basic support.  Parents get a certain adjustment based on the amount of time they have the child.  Percentage of time is generally based on the number of overnights the child spends with the parent.

How is support calculated if one spouse doesn’t work?

My spouse doesn’t have a job; will they still owe child support?

There is a presumption that both parents can or should work.

In Minnesota, there is a presumption that both parents can or should work.  Potential income is a factor in determining support.

How long do I have to pay child support?

I pay child support for my teenager; do I quit paying when she turns 18?

Child support does not necessarily end when the child turns 18.

In Minnesota, your obligation to pay child support automatically ends when the child turns 18 or graduates from high school, whichever date is later.  However, child support typically won’t continue past the age of 20 even if the child is still in high school.

Can my child support obligation be reduced?

I pay my ex-spouse child support.  However, when it was calculated, I was employed.  I lost my job and can’t find a new one.  Can I get my child support obligation reduced?

Child support obligations can be modified.

The court may change a child support order if any of the following occur: there is a substantial change (either increase or decrease) in either parent’s gross income, there is a substantial increase or decrease in the needs of a parent or child, one of the parents or children receives public assistance, there is a change in the cost-of-living for either parent, or there are extraordinary medical expenses for the child.  However, imputed income may be a factor in the case of unemployment.
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Zealous Legal Guidance Free Consultations with Experienced Attorney 	Child Support 	Child Custody 	Child Support Modifications 	Child Custody Modifications 	Parenting Time 	Post Decree Motions 	Paternity 	Spousal Maintenance 	Step Parent Adoptions
Molinaro Davis Law PLLC
2809 Cliff Road East, Suite 100 Burnsville, Minnesota 55337
Following a divorce, or when unmarried parties have a child together, the court may award one of the parents child custody, which includes the care, control, and maintenance of a child. Custody and parenting time can become an issue when married parents are seeking a dissolution of marriage, in a court action for paternity and/or domestic abuse, when a child lives with a third party and is cared for by that third party (such as a grandparent), or if a child is involved in a “child in need of protective services” (CHIPS) proceeding or a juvenile delinquency case.    Kristin Davis has experience handling child support matters and has represented clients in all types of child support matters. Our firm offers free telephone or in person consultations.  To request a free consultation, please fill out the form or call our office at (651) 705-8800 to request a consultation.  You may also email our firm at atty@molinarodavis.com.   
CLIENT & COLLEAGUE REVIEWS “Kristin is very experienced in family law.  She can take your case from beginning to end.  Very professional.” “Kristin Davis is a very thorough attorney.  She is smart and provides no nonsense advice to her clients.  She pays attention to detail and doesn’t miss anything.  She is a great attorney.  You won’t regret hiring Kristin.” “Teresa Molinaro is as thoughtful and thorough as she is insightful and professional.  She took on my complicated legal case, did her research and sought outside advice when appropriate.  Her follow through was excellent, and although I don’t yet know the outcome of my case, I do know that I have the very best attorney working for me!” “Ms. Molinaro was a pleasure to work with.  She kept me informed promptly of any new developments in our case.  She is wise and respectful and always steered me in the right direction.  I feel very fortunate to have had the pleasure to having Ms. Molinaro as an attorney and would recommend her as a competent, resourceful ethical legal advisor.”
The foregoing is meant to be general guidance and does not constitute legal advice.  Please contact our firm at (651) 705-8800 to discuss your specific questions regarding child support or fill out the form above. Serving the entire metro area, including, but not limited to, Dakota County, Ramsey County, Hennepin County, Carver County, Scott County, Washington County, Rice County, Burnsville, Eagan, Lakeville, Apple Valley, Rosemount, Mendota Heights, South St. Paul, West St. Paul, Inver Grove Heights, Savage, Bloomington,  Farmington, Prior Lake, Mendota, Lilydale, St. Paul, Minneapolis, Richfield, and Shakopee.
Molinaro Davis Law PLLC  |  2809 Cliff Road East, Suite 100| Burnsville, MN
             Website: www.molinarodavis.com  Email:

Frequently Asked Questions

Can a child support magistrate order parenting time?

I have a hearing before a child support magistrate.  Can they order parenting time?

No.

A child support magistrate, though still acting as a judge, has limited authority, in that they are able to set child support and other support terms, but cannot order parenting time or custody unless the parties have an agreement.  A party has to file for custody and/or parenting time issues in District Court.

How is child support determined?

I’m asking my spouse for child support; how is it determined?

Minnesota has guidelines to determine child support.

Minnesota has guidelines that the court must follow when determining child support.  The child support is based upon the incomes of both parents and the needs of the children under the guidelines established by the State.  Child support includes basic support, medical support, and child care support.  Basic support includes the costs for a child’s housing, food, clothing, transportation, education, and other expenses.  Medical support includes health and dental insurance costs, or uninsured or unreimbursed medical and dental expenses.  Child care support includes payments for child care costs when parents are working or attending school.

Is parenting time considered in calculating child support?

Do I get an reduction in child support if my spouse has custody of the child?

Parenting time is considered in calculating child support.

The amount of parenting time is considered in calculating basic support.  Parents get a certain adjustment based on the amount of time they have the child.  Percentage of time is generally based on the number of overnights the child spends with the parent.

How is support calculated if one spouse doesn’t work?

My spouse doesn’t have a job; will they still owe child support?

There is a presumption that both parents can or should work.

In Minnesota, there is a presumption that both parents can or should work.  Potential income is a factor in determining support.

How long do I have to pay child support?

I pay child support for my teenager; do I quit paying when she turns 18?

Child support does not necessarily end when the child turns 18.

In Minnesota, your obligation to pay child support automatically ends when the child turns 18 or graduates from high school, whichever date is later.  However, child support typically won’t continue past the age of 20 even if the child is still in high scho

Can my child support obligation be reduced?

I pay my ex-spouse child support.  However, when it was calculated, I was employed.  I lost my job and can’t find a new one.  Can I get my child support obligation reduced?

Child support obligations can be modified.

The court may change a child support order if any of the following occur: there is a substantial change (either increase or decrease) in either parent’s gross income, there is a substantial increase or decrease in the needs of a parent or child, one of the parents or children receives public assistance, there is a change in the cost-of-living for either parent, or there are extraordinary medical expenses for the child.  However, imputed income may be a factor in the case of unemployment.
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