St.Louis Child Support Attorneys
Establishing a Fair Payment Plan for Clients in St. Louis County
Parents are equally responsible for maintaining a standard of living for their child that allows them to flourish in life. One way to ensure a child’s wellbeing is to financially care for their medical and daily needs. Parents who share a home have an advantage to this aspect of childcare as they can easily divide this responsibility between them. For parents who are recently divorced or never lived in the same residence, this aspect of caring for their child can be difficult. Lake Munro attorneys are dedicated to helping parents create a fair support arrangement for all parties involved.
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Typically, the parent who cares for the child the majority of the time (custodial parent) receives a support payment from the other parent. This is because it is assumed that the custodial parent directly pays the childcare expenses and would like to make the child support process as easy on the parents as possible.
The amount of child support depends on a variety of factors that will be unique to each party’s situation. These factors commonly include:
- The number of children in each household
- The income of each parent
- The amount of money the child needs to maintain their standard of living
- Education expenses
- Medical care expenses
Missouri Form 14 Child Support Guidelines
The state utilizes a child support calculator, generally referred to as the Form 14, to determine the financial responsibility of each parent. This calculator requires both parties to supply the court with their monthly gross income (wages, salary, benefits, etc.) and the court determines their support obligations based on these numbers. For example, if the custodial parent makes more money than the noncustodial parent, they will be required to spend more of their income on the child than the other parent or vice versa. This is to ensure that each parent is financially responsible for the child while maintaining their own stability.
Once the judge finalizes a child support order, it is legally binding. If either party violates the terms of the order, they could face repercussions. For example, if the noncustodial parent is late on payments, the other parent is not permitted to retaliate by withholding visitation. They must take the matter to court where a judge will address the issue.
Modifying Child Support
Either parent can change the child support order at any time after the finalization of the decree, however they must have good reason to do so.
Common examples of acceptable reasons include:
- The child’s financial resource needs have increased or decreased
- The parent’s financial resources have significantly increased or decreased
- The custodial parent is having trouble meeting the child’s standard of living
- The child’s physical or emotional condition has significantly changed
Our St. Louis Child Support Lawyers Are Here to Help!
Establishing a child support order can be challenging and complex. Lake Munro, is dedicated to helping our clients create a payment plan that is in your and your child’s best interests.