Child Support

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Child Support

What is child support? Child support is a monthly payment of money from one parent to the other parent of a child to help pay for expenses of the child. After resolving issues of custody, most parents getting divorced say that child support — making sure the child has the resources necessary to have a good life — comes a close second.

How Does Child Support Work in Missouri?

In Missouri, support is decided using a fairly simple process. The process involves what is known as the Form 14. The Form 14 is the form that the State has created to come to a fair and accurate child support amount in family law cases. In any family law case a Form 14 must be completed to determine the presumed support amount. Once the presumed amount is figured, the Court can either accept and order that amount, or find that amount unfair and order a different amount.

The state of Missouri bases support decisions on a formula that has served Missouri children well over the years. This formula takes into consideration

  • The number of children
  • The amount of child support paid for children of a previous marriage
  • The incomes of both parents
  • The cost of health insurance

St. Louis Lawyer to Fine-Tune the Form 14 for your Case

This one-size-fits-all formula may not be right for your family and your situation. To depart from the formula requirements, or to keep the other side from wrongfully departing from it, you need a dependable lawyer like Stephen Bardol of the Bardol Law Firm, LLC. Our firm represents both mothers and fathers in child support proceedings. We work to find the best solution for your unique child support situation.

Contact Stephen Bardol, St. Louis Child Support Attorney, today.