Contrary to what most litigants believe, we do not have a law to cover every situation. The laws are written in broad enough language so that a Judge can apply the general language of a Statute to the specific facts of the case he is deciding.
The Minnesota Statute governing child support is found in Section 518A of the Minnesota Statutes.
The link below will give you a general idea of the Court child support proceedings, what the obligations of the parents are, and what factors will influence the Judge to deviate from the child support payment schedule.
The important thing to remember is to bring medical documentation to hand up to the Judge as proof that you are physically unable to carry out your part of child support because of the limitations placed on you by your illness.
If a child support Order has already been entered by the Court, then you must file a “Petition to Modify Child Support” based on your physical limitations. As long as you bring medical proof of your inability to meet your share of the obligation, the Judge will modify the child support Order, by taking into account the ability of each parent to pay. And, when the Judge sees your documentation of your physical limitations, he will make the appropriate modifications.
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