Child Support In Missouri Is Based On A Number Of Factors

We Understand The Guidelines And When Deviations Make Sense

In the wake of a divorce, ensuring the proper financial situation for children is critical. The guidelines for child support are established in the Missouri Child Support Guidelines. The parent who pays child support is called the "obligor" or "payor," and the parent who receives child support is called the "obligee" or "payee."

Payment is calculated based on a payor's and payee's gross income, including all income from any source (before taxes and other deductions), whether earned or unearned, including:

  • Wages/salaries/overtime payment
  • Commissions/bonuses
  • Dividends
  • Severance pay
  • Pensions
  • Interest
  • Trust income
  • Annuities

A pro rata calculation is made based on parents' relative incomes, including consideration of which parent pays for health care coverage, day care and applicable visitation credits.

We Assist Clients Who Are Not Receiving Court-Ordered Support

If you are dealing with any of these issues, we at the Law Offices of Susan L. Ward, LLC, are ready to bring more than 20 years of experience and a tireless commitment to client advocacy to help you arrive at an ideal outcome.

We are also able to work on issues of enforcement, including:

  • Arrears
  • Contempt
  • Garnishment

It's important to realize that past-due payments are not avoidable and that once a child reaches 18 or graduates high school support payments are no longer obligated.

Regardless of the issues you face, our lawyers are committed to comprehensively examining all details and will never back down in our pursuit of your best interest.

To discuss any Missouri family law matter with a St. Louis child support attorney call 314-783-9400 or email the firm.