As an expert in family law in Columbia, MO, we frequently get questions related to child support. Child support is an ongoing payment to the custodial parent to support the needs of the child, most often by the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent. The amount of child support, is determined by a multitude of factors, including:
- Income of each parent, including interest or investment income
OR capable income of each parent
- Financial needs of the child
- Health and wellness needs of the child
- Educational costs
- Travel costs for visitation
- Daycare costs
- Other children who require support
- Amount of time child spends with non-custodial parent
As family law attorneys, we can assure you the court will examine all relevant information and circumstances to determine a fair support amount. It’s also important to keep in mind that child support does not mean simply the bare minimum to meet the child’s basic needs—the standard of living is taken into account of each parent. This means that if one parent’s income far exceeds the other, additional support may be required in order to reflect that lifestyle.
Determining child support can be a long and harrowing process. With ever-changing and complex support laws, it’s important to choose a lawyer who is experienced and compassionate. With our years of experience dealing with both sides of the issue, you can expect a comprehensive evaluation of your case to lead to the best solution possible.
Contact us at (573) 449-2929. Our goal is to help you achieve the best support agreement possible and minimize the emotional impact on you and your child.