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ENSURE THAT YOUR CHILD IS TAKEN CARE OF

WE ARE HERE FOR YOU

Gillis C. Leonard Attorney At Law and his team of educated paralegals are ready to fight for

your rights.

 

If you want an attorney who will stand by you throughout your entire legal process, tell you how it is, and do everything in his power to give you the best outcome, then get in touch with

Gillis C. Leonard today for your initial child

support consultation.

PUTTING YOUR CHILD FIRST

Having 50/50 custody does not mean that you won't pay more in child support, unless it's agreed upon by both parents. Gillis C. Leonard Attorney At Law is dedicated to protect your rights, including the amount of child support to be paid, to ensure each client’s child support is being used in the best interest of the child or children.

Find out how your child support amount is determined

There are many factors that come into play when determining how much child support the non-custodial parent must pay to the custodial parent for the benefit of the child, usually in a monthly payment. These payments can be made a few ways:

Termination of a child support order

There are certain circumstances that can cause the termination of your child support order. Gillis is prepared to fight for you to ensure that all your legal rights are taken into consideration.

 

There are multiple reasons as to why a child support order would be put to rest and they all involve the current situation of your child.

Modification of a child support order

The court ordered child support payment can be modified at any time by either parent under a variety of circumstances, including:

  • Monthly gross income from all sources (before taxes and deductions; does not take into consideration expenses like mortgage payments, bills, or ther debts)

  • Child care/daycare costs

  • Extracurricular activities that your child is involved in

  • Credit for periods of overnight stays with the non-custodial parent

  • Court ordered maintenance that is being paid or received

  • Other child support payments that you are currently making

  • Out-of-norm non-medical costs such as private school expenses

  • Support obligations for other children in the home

  • Uninsured medical costs

  • If your child dies

  • Gets married

  • Becomes self-supporting and the custodial parent relinquished their rights

  • Reaches age 18 unless enrolled in high school, college, or vocational education

  • If a new formula calculation is ordered which will result in a 20% change in support liability

  • Substantial or continuing changes in the parties' financial situation

  • Death of the child or either parent

  • Emancipation of the child

  • Modification by agreement of both parties

  • Financial needs of your child have changed such as education expenses, cost of food and clothing, transportation needs, medical expenses, and increased recreation

The amount of child support is calculated using Missouri Rule 88 and Form 14, which figures child support based on the incomes of both parties and a variety of other factors:

  • Directly from one parent to another

  • Through the Family Support Payment Center

  • Automatic employer wage deduction

Usually, the court ordered child support amount is calculated by Form 14; however, the parties can change this amount through agreement or the court may find this presumed amount to be unjust and order a different amount based on all pertinent factors.  

Remember, no modification or termination of

child support is automatic. In order to modify or terminate a child support obligation, the requesting party has to file a motion with the Court. Contact Gillis C. Leonard today

for your child support consultation.