Lee’s Summit Child Support Attorneys
Content Reviewed by Kristin Siegel, JD | Attorney at Law
When parents are divorcing or have never been married, one parent is usually ordered to pay child support to the other parent. The purpose of child support is to ensure that the needs of the child are being met through financial contribution by both parents. The amount of child support depends on a variety of factors, including the income of each parent, the arrangement of parenting time and the needs of the child, including health insurance or daycare expenses. Either parent may be eligible to receive child support depending on the specific circumstances of the case. Child support may be at issue in a divorce, paternity action or modification. If you are facing a child support issue, it is important that you have the assistance of a knowledgeable attorney to ensure that the child support order is reasonable and appropriate.
Child Support Law in Lees Summit
Each county in Missouri hears its own custody mediation and court cases. This means that each individual county in Missouri has its own Circuit Court that ultimately establishes child custody arrangements. In Missouri there are multiple requirements in order to establish child custody after a dissolution of marriage or paternity action. One step required is an established parenting plan that dictates how parents will work together in raising children after a separation. In each Missouri County, a parenting class is also required after a dissolution of marriage or paternity action for parents who will have custody (joint or sole) of children. The class may be different in each county and a child custody attorney at Leonard Rodarte Siegel can point you to the correct course following a child custody arrangement.
How is Child Support Amount Determined and Who is Eligible in Lees Summit
In Missouri child support is established by guidelines set forth by the Missouri Supreme Court. The method for determining the “presumed amount” by factoring in the following: monthly gross income, other monthly child support, number of children in a household, daycare costs, health insurance costs, educational expenses, extracurricular activities and visitation or custody credits. A court can determine spousal support amounts after a dissolution or paternity cases while the Family Support Division will create an order if a parent has requested support. Parents may agree to a different amount than the presumed correct amount if both parents agree at the time of an order. Child support orders can change and are frequently reviewed to ensure there have not been changes in financial conditions, ensure the needs of the children are being met and in cases where parents agree to a modification. In Missouri eligible individuals include: custodial parents, non-custodial parents, custodians with custody or guardianship, alleged father, adult children (18 – 21 years of age) and legal representatives of a deceased custodial parent’s estate. If you need assistance determining whether you are eligible for child support, contact a lawyer in Lees Summit at Leonard Rodarte Siegel.
How Can A Lawyer Help With Child Support?
A child support attorney is a critical supporter in both the initial establishment of support and any proceeding child support modifications that may occur. A child support lawyer will know based on past experience what is fair and how to handle extenuating circumstances in which a support battle ensues. A lawyer at Leonard Rodarte Siegel in Lees Summit Missouri can help you discover assets, file liens, intercept lottery winnings, assist in delinquent payments, file charges against a non-supportive parent and work with the state to assist with collection or payment. In addition, a lawyer can help you decrease your child support payments if the situation merits or as a receiving parent to ensure the correct level of support is being paid. To ensure you are not leaving any money on the table contact a lawyer to make modifications or review an initial support order issued by the Missouri courts or Family Support Division.
Contact Us Today For A Professional Child Support Consultation
Our child support attorneys have assisted many clients in establishing support orders and court support cases in Missouri including Cass County, Clay County, Jackson County, Johnson County, Lafayette County, Platte County, and Other Surrounding Counties. Each child support case varies in complexity and our child support attorneys are experts in handling divorce, paternity actions and other complex support order situations that arise. Let our Missouri Custody Lawyers at Leonard Rodarte Siegel, LLC work for you. Contact us at 816-836-9950 or contact us online.