When you get a divorce, your financial resources are no longer pooled with your spouse. If you share children, it is important to evaluate each of your individual financial situations to ensure that your kids are well taken care of, regardless of the custody arrangement. Lesa Koski is a divorce attorney and a divorce mediator that specializes in helping couples settle issues surrounding child support payments. She understands Minnesota law and can help you navigate the entire process, including filing the final legal paperwork with the courts. Located in Stillwater, Minnesota, Lesa offers a free 30 minute divoce consultation to answer any questions and determine if working with Lesa is a good fit.
How are Child Support Payments Determined in MN?
In the state of Minnesota, both parents are required by law to support their children. There are several important pieces of information that are necessary in order to determine fair and equitable child support payments:
● What is the gross monthly income for each parent
● How many children are shared by the couple?
● Does either parent pay additional child support for other kids not from this marriage?
● Does either parent pay spousal maintenance from a previous marriage?
● Amount of child care costs per month
● Amount of medical expenses (including dental)
Generally, the custodial parent receives the child support payments each month from the non-custodial parent, while the child is under 18. While you can go through the court system to make child support calculations, Lesa Koski can also manage this process for you as well. If you hire her as a mediator, you and your divorcing spouse can work together to determine and equitable arrangement based on the factors listed above and any other unique factors to you. With Lesa’s guidance and information about the law, many couples find that this is the easiest and least stressful method of resolution. If you think that you prefer to hire Lesa as your divorce attorney, she can represent you in that manner as well and be your legal advocate. It is important to note that Lesa cannot serve as your divorce mediator and your divorce lawyer at the same time. She can only serve in one role or the other.
Divorce Support Services
The determination of child support payments can be one of the most stressful and tense negotiations in a divorce settlement. Lesa Koski understands this and will work hard to help you and your divorcing spouse come up with a solution that works for you and keeps your children the priority. For more information, or to set up a time for a free 30 minute Divorce consultation, call Lesa at 651-214-5057.