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Articles Tagged with “Child Support”

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private school costWith the prevalence of private grade schools and high schools in the St. Louis area, family law attorneys and judges are often faced with the question of how to pay for the costs associated with these schools when one or both parents decide to send their child to private school.  In today’s blog we cover how this can impact a parent’s child support obligation.

If you assumed that St. Louis has a larger than average percentage of students attending private grade schools and high schools as compared to other large metropolitan areas, you would be correct.  In a recent study by the real estate company Trulia, of the largest 100 metropolitan areas in the United States, St. Louis ranked 10th overall in a measurement of the largest percentage of students enrolled in private school.

Whether it be in a divorce situation or in a case where the mother and father were never married, the Missouri family court is often faced with a decision as to whether to assign these costs to either parent.

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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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With the start of the new year, there has been much publicity and debate over the new tax laws in place across the nation. When a Missouri couple is contemplating a divorce, they should be aware of these new federal tax laws, which may impact how and when they decide to get divorced. Although these new laws primarily affect the wealthier sector of America, tax laws in general should always be considered by a couple when they are going through the divorce process.
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