Like most other states, Missouri has adopted a set of guidelines to aid the Courts in determining appropriate child support amounts. These guidelines take into account things like the earnings of each parent, child care costs, health care costs, and the amount of time each parent spends with the children. But those guidelines are not the final stop in the Court’s determination of the appropriate child support amount. In order to protect your interests, whether you are paying or receiving child support, an attorney can help you to go over all of the factors that are considered in the determination. At Garner Law, we always offer a free initial consultation so that you can discuss your situation with an attorney and decide the best path to protecting your interests while ensuring your children are provided for.
Child support issues can arise in a number of ways. If you are going through a divorce, child support is often a central issue. If you are an unwed parent, it may be the only issue. Some parents can successfully resolve child support issues either through agreement or mediation, but sometimes litigation is required when one party has unreasonable expectations. Regardless of the situation, we can help you through the process of obtaining a child support order that is appropriate for your circumstances.
Even after an initial child support determination is made and ordered, the amount paid in child support can be modified in the future if there is a change in circumstance. This change could be due in part to a change in the frequency of parenting time with the children, a change in the financial situation of the parties, or change in the needs of the children. Child support can be modified to increase in amount or decrease in amount depending on the situation. Just as with the initial determination, all relevant factors should be considered and analyzed to help ensure that the amount of support after modification is an accurate reflection of the needs of the child and the ability of the parties.
If you would like to discuss your situation with an attorney, contact us at 417-319-2290 to schedule your free consultation. We also accept all major credit cards and offer payment plans to help ensure all of our clients have access to legal representation. We handle cases throughout the Springfield Metropolitan area and Southwest, Missouri.