Every parent in Missouri has a legal obligation to provide financial support to their children. In most cases, parents voluntarily meet this obligation without issue. When they fail to uphold their duty, criminal charges can be one of the consequences that follow. If a person is more than 12 months behind on their child support […]
If you are behind on your child support in Missouri, the courts have a number of ways to persuade you to pay. The most extreme of these options is pursuing criminal charges against you for nonpayment. When it comes to large unpaid back child support bills, these criminal charges are treated as a felony.
Like most states, Missouri relies on a complicated formula as a starting point for setting monthly child support obligations. This calculation is made using a number of factors, including the income of both parents. While income is an important factor, there is a minimum amount of monthly support that every child support order must include. […]
If you have 50/50 custody with your co-parent in Missouri, it is possible that you will still have to pay child support. There is nothing in state law that prohibits the court from awarding child support—even when both spouses share equal parenting time. When possible, judges in Missouri will award parents 50/50 custody. While this […]
If you are involved in a custody dispute, it is understandable if you have questions about what child support is used for in Missouri. Whether you are a custodial parent seeking help or you are facing a request for financial support from the other parent, understanding the system is important.
According to Missouri law, the financial owed from a parent to a child is not negotiable. When a court issues a child support order, parents are expected to make every effort to comply. While there are exceptions that could allow for late payments or even changes to the order itself, many judges will aggressively pursue […]
Unsure if you are best served by requesting a trial in your St. Louis custody or child support case? There is no easy answer that applies to everyone. Trials are often necessary, but they can be challenging, costly, and time-consuming. When possible, it is typically better to work toward a resolution that both parties can […]
Child support is a form of monetary support paid from one parent of a child to another. Child’s support is court-ordered. While these orders frequently stem from divorce cases, they can also result from free-standing legal actions involving two unmarried parents. Every state has some form of child’s support system in place, and Missouri is […]
Child support is the money that either or both divorced parents are required to pay by law towards the cost of raising the children. In St. Louis, child support may be ordered by the courts or by the Missouri Family Support Division – Child Support Enforcement. If you’re wondering how much does a child support […]