WHO HAS TO PAY CHILD SUPPORT AFTER A DIVORCE IN MISSOURI?

Divorce is hard on children, they shouldn't have to worry about money. The kids may worry about where they will live and if they will have to change schools. They may fear that their parents' divorce will impact the love and support they receive and the time they get to spend with their loved ones....

[ CONTINUE READING ]

WHO WILL BE AFFECTED BY ST LOUIS COUNTY PROSECUTOR WESLEY BELL’S NEW CHILD SUPPORT POLICY AND WHAT CAN YOU DO?

When Wesley Bell became prosecutor of St Louis County several weeks ago, he stated that one of his new policy changes is that the St Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's office would no longer criminally charge people if they fail to pay child support. His reason for this is that the non-paying parent is not making...

[ CONTINUE READING ]

Child support payments may be used for a diverse range of costs

Taking care of a child is a difficult but rewarding endeavor. Aside from the emotional and physical issues that a child may have to confront throughout their life, they also have many basic day-to-day needs that must be taken care of to ensure that they can live a happy and safe life. In Missouri, custodial...

[ CONTINUE READING ]

Should You Get a Divorce Now or Later?

Lawyers and accountants often push their clients to plan for unpleasant events. Better to be prepared now than to pay the consequences later. But the Republican tax law that took effect in January has added a new urgency for wealthy Americans contemplating divorce. Several key changes in the law may determine whether it is better...

[ CONTINUE READING ]

Sports Parents and Shared Custody

As if it isn’t challenging enough to co-parent with your Ex, if you have a child or children that play sports it can make it even harder. For parents sharing custody of children, navigating your parenting arrangement with youth sports almost represents a microcosm of all the issues that can come up in co=parenting. Decision…

[ CONTINUE READING ]

My oldest child turned 18, shouldn’t my support payment drop?

The issue of child support can present a lot of complications. Those with experience in dealing with such matters under Missouri law know that a so-called "calculator" is used to set levels of payment for parents. But in our computer-dominated world, there is truth in the phrase "garbage in, garbage out." If the information provided...

[ CONTINUE READING ]

Meeting with a Divorce Attorney for the First Time

When meeting with a divorce lawyer for the first time it is important to be prepared to ask the right questions, have all the necessary information and know what outcome you are hoping to achieve Divorce can be one of the most emotionally disturbing and difficult situations that an individual is ever likely to encounter...

[ CONTINUE READING ]

Parents who fail to pay child support may end up in jail

While most Missouri parents attempt to pay the child support that they owe, there are others who fail to provide the financial support that their child may be in need of. In some cases, parents who fail to pay may end up in jail. While it may be believed that this is a just sentence,...

[ CONTINUE READING ]

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...

[ CONTINUE READING ]

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...

[ CONTINUE READING ]