Each case and family are unique, every person’s child support payment can be different. In this article, we will discuss what the court considers when determining child support amounts and how support is calculated.
Calculating Child Support Payments in Missouri
In Missouri, child support is calculated using Form No. 14 Child Support Amount Calculation Worksheet. Both parents must complete the form and enter information concerning:
- Their income (which includes tips, commission, and other streams of income and not just their salary)
- Other child support or alimony payments being made
- Payments made for their child currently
- Each parent’s custodial responsibilities (by percentage)
- Expenses related to their child’s needs (i.e. healthcare expenses, special education, etc.)
As you complete the form and input the information, you will also perform calculations like combining each parent’s total monthly gross income and dividing each party’s income by their combined gross income (to determine your proportionate share of the combined income). As you complete the form and the included calculations, you will discover the presumed child support amount.
The payment amount that Form No. 14 yields is simply a guideline, and the court may adjust a calculated amount as they see fit if the amount is considered unfair or inappropriate. In cases where a parent tries to avoid paying support by choosing to be unemployed or lower their income, the court can impute income to the payee, which means that they may assign you an income (based on your education and employment history) to calculate the support owed.
You should consult with a qualified child support attorney for help completing Form No. 14. Because they have more experience, they can help you ensure you accurately complete the information and have a clear idea of what the presumed support payment would be.
How Are Child Support Payments Made?
Once the child support orders are established, the custodial parent can receive payments in a variety of ways, such as:
- From the other parent (directly)
- Through the Family Support Payment Center
- Via Income Withholdings from the payee’s paychecks
Get Legal Help
At Galmiche Law Firm, P.C., our attorneys are equipped to help you with a variety of child support matters, including:
- Filing to establish a child support agreement
- Calculating support payments
- Enforcing court orders
- Filing to modify an existing agreement
Our attorneys have over 35 years of experience, and we are dedicated to providing clients with high-quality legal counsel. Once you retain our firm, we can help you protect your rights and act in the best interest of you and your family.
Learn more about how we can help and schedule a case consultation today by calling (636) 552-4841 or reaching out online.