Child support issues go hand-in-hand with child custody disputes since the amount of child support determined can be dependent on the amount of time the child spends with that parent. We assist clients in the initial determination of support and in navigating the administrative requirements set up through Missouri’s Family Support Center. If financial or other circumstances change, we can assist in obtaining a modification of the child support agreement.
The Marler Law Group, LLC will expertly guide you through this process as we have extensive experience with calculations of support. Our team will investigate every aspect of your finances to ensure the numbers are accurate, and we will work diligently toward reaching the most beneficial calculation possible in your situation.
There are many questions and concerns that must be addressed while calculating support, including:
- What is considered gross income?
- What credits do you get with other children?
- Health insurance premiums
- Day care costs
- Special needs children
- Sports participation
- Visitation credit
- College costs
The calculation is formulaic but many parts of it can be subjective. Our familiarity with the court system and the laws in this area allows us to use the variables to your benefit.
Collections and Enforcements
After a divorce judgment is made, it is still up to the payor to uphold his or her end of the agreement with regard to child support. If regular payments are not being made, some individuals consider withholding visitation until the money is paid. Do not do this. There are options available to you to recover the money you are owed, including:
- Wage withholdings through state
- State enforcements
- Wage or bank account garnishments
As experienced Missouri family law attorneys, we can guide you through these steps and work to ensure your prompt payment. If the payor has suffered a devastating change in income through loss of job or injury, it is possible to have the original judgment modified. If a past-due support is significant, come to us sooner rather than later because there are collection and enforcement laws available, but those tools can become unavailable over time.