At Ritchie, Soper & Schutt, LLC, we represent Missouri families in a wide range of matters related to child support. Lawyers at our St. Joseph, Liberty and Columbia law offices assist in determination of child support during legal separation or divorce. We also assist clients in proceedings involving modification of support when circumstances change. In some cases, we handle child support matters in conjunction with paternity cases.
When a family divides, the income that would traditionally be used to support one household must be used to support two. This compromise can be difficult. However, parents generally want the best for their children after a divorce. Working with an experienced attorney, they can help make sure that the proper amount of child support is determined under Missouri and Kansas laws.
Child support is usually defined as the money that a noncustodial parent is ordered to pay. This money provides resources necessary for the care of a child. In your divorce, the court may address several different issues related to child support:
In Missouri, child support is generally straightforward, especially if the family combines the work of two wage earners who hold traditional jobs. Support is determined by the Missouri Child Support Guidelines Worksheet, which estimates the child support obligation by considering the needs of the children and the incomes of both the custodial and noncustodial parents, as well as costs for child care and health insurance.
Determining a child support amount, however, can become complicated in certain situations — like when a child has special needs, when a family’s assets are complex or when one spouse is dishonest. In some cases, a self-employed spouse may manipulate their income or take advantage of tax laws to minimize their child support obligations. At Ritchie, Soper & Schutt, LLC, we conduct thorough research and consult with knowledgeable experts. This work helps make sure that our clients’ interests are protected — both now and in the future.
Contact Ritchie, Soper & Schutt, LLC, at our St. Joseph location by calling 816-387-8200; our Liberty location by calling 816-792-5100; our Columbia location by calling 573-442-6633; or call us toll free at 888-345-4LAW (4529). You may also complete our online contact form to schedule a confidential consultation with an attorney.