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Factors that affect child support obligations

On Behalf of | Mar 23, 2022 | Firm News |

If you are the parent of a minor child and you are getting ready to end your marriage, it is vital to take a close look at child support. Whether you will owe child support or you expect to receive payments, this facet of family law could have a significant impact on you from a financial point of view.

Courts take a look at many different factors when calculating child support. Understanding how courts determine the amount of child support a non-custodial parent owes can help prepare you for what lies ahead.

Calculating child support in Missouri

According to the Missouri Courts’ site, courts take various factors into consideration when calculating child support. For example, the court looks at the income of each parent as well as the amount of time that a child spends with each parent. If a child has extraordinary medical expenses, this can also affect how much support a parent owes.

The importance of paying child support

If you currently owe support or have to make payments soon, it is pivotal to make sure that you stay current. Falling behind on child support can result in harsh penalties, whether you lose your driving privileges, your passport or even your freedom. Some parents who fail to pay support become held in contempt of court and have to spend time behind bars.

If you need to modify your child support order because of major changes in your life, such as losing your job, make sure you continue to pay in full and look into modification as soon as possible.