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St. Jospeh Child Support Lawyer

Providing Aggressive Child Support Representation in Missouri

The State of Missouri has a particular set of rules and guidelines regarding establishing family law. These rules and guidelines include the establishment of child support and medical support. If you are in a situation where you owe child support or need to establish child support, you need an attorney who understands the complex laws regarding this issue. At Kranitz, Sadoun & Carpenter, our St. Joseph child support attorneys can provide the representation you need to resolve this matter as quickly and efficiently as possible. 

Call Kranitz, Sadoun & Carpenter, PC today at (816) 551-2482 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with one of our child support attorneys in St. Joseph! 

How to Establish Child Support in Missouri

In Missouri, child support is established based on the non-custodial parent's income. The court will look at the income of the non-custodial parent and determine a percentage of that income that will be used to support the child or children. The court will also look at the needs of the child or children and determine how much of the non-custodial parent's income will be used to meet those needs. After this point, the court will determine how much of the non-custodial parent's income will be used for child support. This amount will then be divided by the number of children involved.

How to Modify Child Support in Missouri

The court can modify child support when there is a substantial change in the circumstances of either parent. A significant change in circumstances includes:

  • A change in employment.
  • A change in the cost of living.
  • A change in the needs of the children.

After a substantial change in circumstances occurs, the non-custodial parent can petition the court to modify the child support order. The court will then determine whether or not to modify the order.

What Age Do You Stop Paying Child Support in Missouri? 

In Missouri, child support obligations generally end when the child reaches the age of 18 or graduates from high school, whichever occurs later. However, there are a few exceptions to this general rule:

  • Emancipation: If a child becomes emancipated before reaching 18 or graduating from high school, the child support obligation may end. Emancipation typically occurs when a minor gets married, joins the military, or becomes economically self-sufficient.
  • Special Needs: If a child has special needs or a disability requiring ongoing support, the court may order child support to continue beyond 18 or high school graduation.

It's important to note that child support orders can vary based on the specific circumstances of each case. The terms of the child support order or agreement will dictate the exact age at which child support obligations cease in your particular situation.  

Contact Our St. Joseph Child Support Attorneys Today

If you need child support or are facing child support issues, our St. Joseph child support attorneys can provide the representation you need. We understand how important child support is to a child and a parent's ability to continue to support their child. Our St. Joseph child support attorneys are committed to resolving your child support issues promptly and efficiently. 

Contact Kranitz, Sadoun & Carpenter, PC today to schedule a consultation with one of our child support lawyers in St. Joseph!


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