child support generally include 3 types of support, basic, medical, and
child care support. In Minnesota, the court addresses all 3 types of
child support but may not order all 3.
Basic Support is for expenses relating to the child's care, housing,
food, clothing, and transportation. The basic support obligation does
not include payment toward arrears.
In Minnesota, the court requires that children be covered by health and dental insurance. The court may order a parent to:
Cover reasonable and necessary medical expenses
Pay a minimum dollar amount per month (in addition to the basic support amount) toward the cost of insurance or medical expenses
Pay a portion of uninsured medical or dental expenses
Child Care Support
The court must review child care expenses that occur when the parent
the child lives with, works, or goes to school. Using each parent's
income, the court decides each parent's portion of financial
responsibility for child care support.