Each applicant pays a $25 application fee when requesting child support services from the county agency. If the applicant receives public assistance, the fee is not required.
If the county provides full child support services to an obligee, the obligee will be charged a cost recovery fee of 2 percent of the amount of child support and spousal maintenance collected. If the county provides child support enforcement services to an obligor, the obligor will be charged a cost recovery fee of 2 percent of the monthly court-ordered child support and spousal maintenance obligation. This cost recovery fee does not apply to persons receiving public assistance or who received some forms of public assistance within the 24 months prior to getting support enforcement services. Applicants for child support services who are receiving some forms of public assistance will not be charged a cost recovery fee for up to 24 months after leaving the assistance program. Minn. Stat. § 518A.51. If an applicant for full child support services does not wish to pay the 2 percent fee, that person may apply for income withholding-only services. Minn. Stat. § 518A.53, subd. 4.
If an obligee or obligor prefers to have only income withholding services, instead of full child support services, that person may apply for income withholding-only services. A monthly fee of $15 is charged to the obligor for this service. Minn. Stat.§ 518A.53, subd. 4.
In addition, in cases where neither the obligee or obligor has ever received public assistance, the county must assess an annual $25 fee when at least $500 of support has been collected. Minn. Stat. § 518A.51.
This post is part of a series of posts on Child Support Laws in Minnesota.