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Minnesota Child Support
Base Formula: Income Shares. (For explanation see Income Shares Model.)

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Note: Presumptive amounts are awarded only if uncontested. For ideas on contesting a child support amount, see Presenting Your Case.]

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Child support enforcement agency - Hennepin County
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Citizens Groups
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  Our Kids of Minnesota
Children's Rights Council of Minnesota
Center for Parental Responsibilty
Children's Rights Council (national)
American Coalition for Fathers and Children (national)

Articles and Analysis
  Why Minnesota’s Child Support Guidelines Are Unconstitutional: Economic Exhibits [PDF], R. Mark Rogers, October 22, 2001.
A non-profit, children’s advocacy group, R-Kids of Minnesota, began a constitutional challenge to that state’s obligor-only (net income base) child support guidelines. This report, containing the economic exhibits for the challenge, was prepared by Guideline Economics.  It shows how that state’s guidelines were arbitrarily expanded from welfare situations to all income cases without economic basis. The exhibits show that the custodial parents generally end up with higher standards of living than higher grossing obligors. The guidelines conflict with economic standards established by case law. A variety of equal protection issues are addressed, included the use of cost of living adjustment (COLA) price indexes.

Legal Critique of Minnesota Guidelines [HTML], John Remington Graham, Counselor at Law. 
Includes discussion of guideline statutory and legal history, constitutional issues, and suggestions for reform.

Legislation Introduced
HF3582 was introduced in the Minnesota House to be a new child support guideline for Minnesota. It would have implemented COSTshares and was sponsored by Rep. Andy Dawkins and co-sponsored by Rep. Steve Smith.  The local family advocacy group, Our Kids, Inc. supported it.

Versus Minnesota’s Proposed Shared Responsibility Child Support Guidelines [HTML], R. Mark Rogers.
Shared Responsibility Guidelines have been introduced as legislation by the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Minnesota. DHS claims that these new guidelines are an honest reform of the state’s antiquated obligor-only income guidelines. However, a closer look shows that the legislation has strong and pervasive economic biases and do not conform to legal standards for guidelines of equal duty that is proportional to income.

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