We all know someone that has been involved in a divorce or another family law case involving child support. The odds are very good that your friend has been told by someone (who is not an experienced family law attorney) that no child support will be ordered if the parents have “50/50” custody. This is probably one of the most frequently asked questions or mis-beliefs by new clients. In reality, one parent will be ordered to pay child support to the other in the majority of Missouri family law cases involving child support.
Like in all areas of the law there are always exceptions to the general rule, but with child support the acceptions are few. In the cases where no child support is ordered, it is usually by agreement of the parties or in rare situations where there is almost an exact 50/50 split physical custodial time between parents and the parents are making roughly the same amount of money (after taking into account all relevant child support factors such as income, healthcare for the minor, child care, etc.).
Missouri uses a standard child support calculation called Form 14 which all Missouri courts are required to use. At first glance the calculation seems pretty straight forward. Don’t be fooled. There can be many pitfalls to completing this form or relying on the calculation as-is without the consultation of an experienced St. Louis Child Support Attorney.
Child Support Can Be Modified
Child support can be modified up or down depending on the circumstances of the child and/or the parents until the minor child is emancipated which is at 18 years of age or 21 if your child continues to college after high-school.
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