What To Know About Child Support In Missouri

Child support is a system designed to ensure that though the parents may no longer be together, the child's well-being will not suffer. The court will ensure that both parents are contributing to the financial upbringing of the child. This can happen no matter the marital status of the parents — whether they are divorcing or have never been married. At Affordable Legal Services Of Thomas Sandifer, we have experience in family law matters, including child support orders, and can help you navigate the process.

If the parents are able to decide out of court, they may come to an agreement together with the help of their lawyers. If the case needs to go to court, a judge will decide what child support is necessary. The judge has ultimate discretion over the choice, but will take the following into account:

  • The financial needs of the child, including child care, education and other expenses.
  • The current financial state of each parent.
  • The child's previous standard of living prior to the separation of the parents.

Why Do You Need An Attorney For Child Support?

When a child support order is being decided, it can be helpful to have someone on your team to help guide you through the often-complex system, whether you are in the process of establishing your first child support order or handling issues that arise later on.

Fathers, especially, may find that they struggle to assert their rights during the process of child support decisions. This doesn't need to be the case. A strong lawyer can help you protect yourself, while still looking out for your children's best interest.

Contact Me Today To Discuss Your Options

If you would like to discuss the implications of your own case, call my office today at 314-492-6955 or complete my online contact form. My office is located in Clayton, conveniently located near the St. Louis County Justice Services center.