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law-libraryAs we have discussed in previous blogs, the method to calculate the presumed child support amount in Missouri Family Courts is dictated by Missouri  Supreme Court Rule and through the use of the  “Form 14”.    Effective July 1, 2017 a new version of the Form 14 will take effect.  In this blog we take a look at a couple of the major changes that could impact your Missouri child support.

Overnight custody adjustment

When calculating child support through the use of the Form 14, one of the significant factors impacting  the amount of child support ordered is the number of overnight custody periods the paying parent is awarded in the family’s custody plan.   In effect, the more time the children are in the physical custody of the paying parent the Form 14 adjusts, and the award of child support may be reduced. This adjustment is calculated on line 11 of the Form 14.

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frustrated man.jpgIn Part I of our blog on The Missouri Division of Child Support Enforcement (Division) we discussed their role in establishing orders of paternity and child support and the importance of legal representation in this process. In Part II we discuss the tools that the Division uses to enforce support orders and the how these efforts can often be effective but at other times potentially counterproductive when the Division is ineffective for the receiving parent, incorrect in their information or overzealous in their punitive efforts.
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Missouri seal1.jpgThe Missouri Division of Child Support Enforcement (Division) is a state government agency that is part of the Missouri Department Of Social Services working in conjunction with the Missouri Department of Family Services whose objectives include the establishment and enforcement of child support orders. Despite this clear mission, as defined in our Missouri statutes, many parents and Missouri family law attorneys spend a great deal of time involved in legal wrestling matches over the decisions this agency makes and the manner in which they make them.
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checkbook.1.jpgIn Missouri, child support “abatement” is a process whereby a paying parent’s obligation to pay child support on a monthly basis tolls or stops, even temporarily. This most commonly occurs when the custodial parent voluntarily relinquishes custody of the child to the paying parent for a period in excess of thirty days. It can also commonly occur due to the custodial parent or minor child’s failure to fulfill certain statutory obligations which are required in order to entitle them to continue to receive child support after the child’s completion of high school.
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momandsongraduation.jpgFor parents who are either paying or are receiving child support, knowing how long the financial responsibility of child support continues is critical to the financial planning of their family. The answer to the question of how long this obligation continues depends upon multiple factors related to your child.
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calculator.jpgThis is a very common question presented to Missouri family law practitioners. Most parties either paying or receiving child support understand that the amount of money in their court order can be modified or changed by an order of their family court judge. But, in order for a family law practitioner to be able to properly advise his client on whether a child support award can be either raised or lowered, that attorney must have access very specific financial information.
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In our last post, we discussed the use of a Form 14 to determine child support amounts in family court cases in Missouri, as well as some situations where a Form 14 is not used. Since a Form 14 is the predominant way of determining child support here in Missouri, here is a brief rundown of how the Form 14 is used to calculate the monthly child support amount:
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haveseen101000143_web.jpgWhether you are going through a divorce, a paternity matter, or a modification of child support, the issue of child support is often one of the principle issues in a Missouri family law case. Determining child support in Missouri can be a challenging task, however it is usually calculated according to a document called the Form 14. By using a Form 14, judges and attorneys alike can determine a child support number based on the parties’ incomes, the number of children they have and other contributing factors.
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Coins with hand.jpg In Missouri, there are traditionally three ways through which child support is paid to a receiving parent. These three methods include payments made: (1) through direct payment by the paying parent to the receiving parent; (2) through the Family Support Payment Center; or, (3) through a wage withholding on the paying parent’s paychecks. Parents can choose which option works best for them, although seeking the opinion of an experienced family law attorney is always recommended so that the particular circumstances of your situation are factored into this decision-making process.
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