Child Support

Child Support Services are offered through Minnesota Counties. These services help children get support. Either parent, with or without custody of their children, may receive services. This includes parents on public assistance and non-public assistance.

  • Locating non-custodial parents
  • Establish legal parentage
  • Establishing and enforcing court orders for child support, medical support and child care
  • Collecting current and past due support payments
  • Review and modify court orders
  • Cost-of-living index adjustments

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Child Support Payments

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Parents can pay their child support with cash by using PayNearMe at 22,000 trusted locations nationwide, including Casey's General Store, CVS Pharmacy, Family Dollar, and 7-Eleven.  You'll need to provide your name and your ten-digit Minnesota child support participant number, also called MCI number, to obtain a PayNearMe  PayCode.  To make a payment:

  • Get a new PayCode by going to PayNearMe.com/Minnesota
  • Go to any participating store, show the cashier your PayCode, and make a payment with cash
  • The Minnesota Department of Human Services is notified of your payment within 15 minutes.  Your payment may take three or four business days to post to your child support account.

Child Support Forms

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Minnesota Child Support Parenting Tool and Guidelines Calculator

The Minnesota Department of Human Services Child Support Division created this tool to help parents, attorneys, and child support professionals count the number of court-ordered overnights each parent has with their children when parents don't live together.  The calendar tool calculates an average number of overnights over a two-year period and may include a standard schedule, holiday, other overnights and overnight equivalents as determined by court order.  Click here to access the Parenting Time Tool.  

Enter the average number of overnights generated by this tool on line 15b of the Minnesota Child Support Guidelines Calculator found at Child Support Calculator, to get an estimate on the amount of child support the court may order on a case.  

If there are multiple children with different parenting time schedules, complete separate calendars to count the number of overnights for each child.  Enter the results for each child on line 15b of the Minnesota Child Support Guidelines Calculator. 

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