Child Support and Paternity
Child Support is ordered by the court and may be established in a variety of ways--a divorce decree, legal separation, paternity action, domestic abuse order, or support establishment action. The amount set in the order is based primarily on the number of children and income of the non-custodial parent. Child support can also include medical support and contributions to the cost of child care. The web based child support calculator may be able to assist you in determining a likely obligation. http://childsupportcalculator.dhs.state.mn.us/
Minnesota Child Support Online is a secure website that provides participants information about their Minnesota child support cases. To access your information, you will need the case number and PIN. http://www.childsupport.dhs.state.mn.us/Action/Welcome
For more information about establishing support see the Department of Human Services. http://www.dhs.state.mn.us/main/idcplg?IdcService=GET_DYNAMIC_CONVERSION&RevisionSelectionMethod=LatestReleased&dDocName=id_008809
In the case of unmarried parents, a paternity action can be brought to legally establish the father of the child. Establishing legal fatherhood gives certain rights and benefits to the father, mother and child.
Alleged fathers are usually offered genetic testing. The results of the samples taken from the mother, father and child are sent to a lab for genetic testing of the DNA. Given the accuracy of these tests, results are usually 99% or 0%.
In Minnesota, another way to establish paternity is through the Recognition of Parentage. A properly completed Recognition of Parentage document legally establishes the child’s father. Parents can also go to court to have a judge or a jury decide if a person is the biological father of a child.
Who is Eligible for Services?
All families needing help with establishment of paternity and/or collection of child support are eligible. Families who receive public assistance automatically receive these services. Support collected is used to offset the cost of public assistance provided. These services are also available to those who do not receive public assistance by completing an application and paying a small fee. The majority of Rice County’s child support/paternity cases involve custodial parents who are not receiving public assistance.
Call Rice County Social Services at 507-332-6115 (Faribault) or 507-645-9576 (Northfield/Lonsdale) to apply.