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Statute of Limitations on Child Support for Minnesota

Minnesota child support statute of limitations including the civil code, what age paternity must be established and emancipate rules.

Minnesota Age of Majority: when child support payments can be stopped.

18, or until age 20 if the child is still attending secondary school, whichever occurs later.

Statutory cite or civil code reference for the age of majority?

Minnesota Statute 518.54 Subsection 2.

If not addressed in the order, at what age is child support automatically terminated as a matter of State law?

18 or until age 20 if the child is still attending secondary school, whichever occurs later.

Does the date of the order impact what law is applied?

Yes, orders entered prior to 1973 had different statutory language regarding emancipation.

Does child support end if the child leaves the household but does not emancipate?

No, however, if the child is in the care of another person (besides the custodial parent referenced in the court order) or if the child is eligible for TANF, then child support is assigned to the new caretaker. If the child is not eligible for TANF, then an order for the redirection of support is required.

Is support ever paid beyond the age of majority?

Yes, support can extend beyond this date if specifically addressed in the order -- such as for disability or if parties had agreed to an educational trust fund for cost of post-secondary education.

Statute of Limitations to enforce a child support order.

Yes, on the following actions: income withholding, state tax intercept, credit bureau reporting, license suspension, and contempt. Docketed judgments extend for 10 years. Judgments are renewable.

Statute of Limitations to establish paternity:

One year after child reaches age of majority (19).

Is dormancy revival/renewal possible?


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