Topic: Child Support
Many Minnesota parents who have custody of their children rely on child support to make ends meet. However, the other parent could potentially become disabled, making it more difficult for them to make the child support payments that they owe. If a custodial parent suddenly finds that the other parent has become disabled, there are several questions that need to be addressed.
First, custodial parents should determine if the disabled parent has disability insurance. If the disabled parent does receive disability insurance benefits, then the custodial parent should expect that the noncustodial parent will continue to pay child support. However, custodial parents should be aware that the disability payments will likely be less than the income the noncustodial parent was earning, so child support payments could potentially be impacted if the parent requests a modification to the child support order.