Minnesota Moving Toward Income Shares for Child Support

Here’s an article from the Twin Cities Pioneer Press describing efforts in Minnesota to change child support laws. The new scheme would change the child support from one based strictly on the income of the non-custodial parent (NCP) to one based on the income of both parents.

In addition, the proposed changes would adjust for parenting time so NCPs who spend extra time with their children would pay less child support.

As I have said before, I deplore this trend of basing child support on parenting time. In every state where it exists, I hear horror stories of NCPs arguing for extra parenting time just so they will have to pay less child support. Then later when they don’t use the time, the CP is left with the responsibility to take care of the children and inadequate child support.