Practical tips regarding child support in Missouri

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Paternity/Child Support on Friday, June 3, 2016.

Where to begin when discussing the ins and outs of helping children adapt to a new family lifestyle after divorce? Typically, the changes are many and how adaptable a child may be varies depending on individual circumstances. It is generally believed that Missouri parents will benefit by maintaining as amicable a relationship as possible to ease their children’s transitions. Avoiding contentious debates about child support, custody, visitation and other child-rearing issues may be helpful.

Guidelines governing child support issues vary by state. Typically, the court has the final decision regarding who, if anyone, should pay support and how much such payments would be. However, there are factors that are usually taken into consideration, although each individual situation is unique.

The court typically considers the income of each parent when deciding whether child support is needed. Also, information pertaining to the expenses incurred to provide the basics of food, shelter and clothing are significant. If there are extenuating needs regarding medical expenses, educational expenses or other child-related issues, a concerned parent would be able to make the court aware by retaining the help of a family law attorney.

Many times, achieving an amicable solution to child support or other important family issues depends on skilled negotiation and a common desire to protect the best interests of the children involved. In Missouri, an experienced family lawyer would be able to act on one’s behalf during all negotiations and court proceedings. This often increases a parent’s chances of obtaining a favorable outcome in court.

Source:, “Safeguarding Your Children’s Welfare with Child Support“, Accessed on June 2, 2016

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