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March 2015 Archives

Accessing Social Security benefits for child support

A custodial parent in Missouri looking to collect unpaid child support may be able to garnish a percentage of his or her spouse's Social Security benefits. This rule does not apply to Supplemental Security Income benefits, which are considered a form of welfare and are not subject to child support garnishment. However, all other types of earned Social Security, including retirement, disability and survivor benefits, are fair game.

Child support agreements often not kept by mothers and fathers

Individuals in Missouri may not know that, despite the fact that more women fail to pay obligated child support than men, women who are owed child support and do not receive it tend to be worse off financially than men in the same situation. The average household income for a mother who is not receiving the child support she is owed is $26,231 versus $51,791 for fathers.

Division of artists' creative works as a joint marital asset

Artists in Missouri who are divorcing may think about how to divide the house and the bank accounts without realizing that their art may be considered a marital asset as well. Any artwork that is created after a couple is married and prior to separation or filing for divorce is jointly owned. However, there may be a number of ways to divide up such an asset depending on the individual circumstances of the artist and the couple.

Determining child support after a Missouri divorce

In the state of Missouri, it is generally required that both parents are obligated to support their children after a divorce. Parents are often asked to provide both financial support as well as emotional support in the form of regular contact with the children. When determining the amount of child support a parent will provide to a child, a court will take a look at several factors.

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