Child Support

Springfield Child Support Attorneys

Helping You Navigate Child Support Laws in Missouri

Child support is a court-ordered payment made by one parent to the other to help cover the costs of raising a child. The parent who has primary custody of the child is typically the one who receives child support, while the noncustodial parent is the one who pays it. Child support is intended to help cover the costs of a child’s basic needs, such as food, clothing, and shelter.

At Scott G. Taylor Attorney at Law, we understand that child support can be a contentious issue in a divorce or paternity case. Our Springfield child support lawyers are here to help you navigate the legal process and work toward a fair and favorable outcome. We have extensive experience handling child support matters and can provide the strong representation you need.

For a consultation with our team, call (417) 487-4244 or contact us online.

How Is Child Support Calculated in Missouri?

Child support is calculated using a specific formula in Missouri. This formula takes into account several factors, including the parents’ incomes, the number of children, and the amount of time the child spends with each parent.

When determining child support, the court will consider the following factors:

  • The financial needs and resources of the child
  • The financial needs and resources of the custodial parent
  • The financial needs and resources of the noncustodial parent
  • The standard of living the child would have enjoyed had the marriage not ended
  • The physical and emotional condition of the child and his or her educational needs
  • The child’s physical and legal custody arrangements
  • The child’s physical and legal custody arrangements
  • The child’s physical and legal custody arrangements

Once the court has determined the amount of child support, it will issue a child support order. This order will specify the amount of child support that must be paid, as well as the frequency of the payments. In Missouri, child support is typically paid monthly, but it can also be paid weekly or biweekly.

How Long Does Child Support Last in Missouri?

In Missouri, child support typically lasts until the child turns 18. However, if the child is still in high school when he or she turns 18, child support will continue until the child graduates or turns 21, whichever comes first. Child support may also continue if the child is disabled and unable to support himself or herself.

Can Child Support Be Modified in Missouri?

Child support can be modified in Missouri if there has been a substantial and continuing change in circumstances. For example, if the parent who is paying child support loses his or her job, he or she may be able to have the child support order modified. Similarly, if the parent who is receiving child support gets a higher-paying job, the other parent may be able to have the child support order modified.

It is important to note that child support cannot be modified retroactively. This means that if you have experienced a change in circumstances, you should seek a modification as soon as possible. If you wait to request a modification, you may still be required to pay the original amount of child support.

How Our Child Support Lawyers Can Help

At Scott G. Taylor Attorney at Law, we understand that child support can be a contentious issue. Our Springfield child support attorneys are here to help you navigate the legal process and work toward a fair and favorable outcome. We will take the time to understand your unique situation and develop a personalized legal strategy that is tailored to your needs. Our team can help you seek a child support order or modification that is in your child’s best interests.

Discuss Your Case with Our Team Today

If you need help with a child support matter, our team is here to help. We have extensive experience handling child support cases and can provide the strong representation you need. Our Springfield child support lawyers will fight for your rights and work to protect your child’s best interests.

For a consultation with our team, call (417) 487-4244 or contact us online.

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