Visitation costs may be deducted from a parent’s income for the purposes of child support. The Minnesota Supreme Court held in Auge v. Auge, 334 N.W.2d 393 (Minn. 1983) that costs of visitation are directly linked to terms of child support:
[T]he court shall make such modifications of visitation as are reasonable and necessary to maintain a good relationship between the noncustodial parent and child, and may make appropriate adjustments in child support to spread the cost of visitation in an equitable manner, provided that such adjustments are not against the best interests of the child. Id. at 400 (emphasis supplied).
This statement not only indicates that visitation costs are tied to child support terms; it also addresses the issue of a modification of the terms of child support when a custodial parent and the child live in a different state that the child support obligor.