Factors That Can Determine Child Support

Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch specializes in helping single parents get the money they are owed by the former spouse, in other words, child support. If you aren't getting your child support payments on time or you aren't receiving the full sum of money or if you have stopped receiving payments altogether, call our child support lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks today at 573-346-7231 for your free consultation. Keep reading for the factors that can determine child support.


Factors That Can Determine Child Support


Income of the Custodial Parent
The custodial parent is that parent that takes care of the child most of the time and has custody of the child a majority of the time. For example, if the mother stopped working to stay at home with the child, then the financial need could be substantial.

Child's Needs
The child's needs must be taken into consideration when determining how much child support is reasonable. Needs can include but are not limited to:

  • daycare
  • education
  • health insurance
  • entertainment
  • basic needs; food, water, shelter, clothes, etc.
  • transportation
  • extracurricular activities

The Income of the Parent Who is Paying
If the parent who is paying for the child support can't realistically afford the payments, then the court may allow the payment amounts to modified. The point is to make the payment amount a fair amount.

The Age of the Child
Child support may only be required until the age of 18 or when the child graduates high school, but in some cases a child support obligation may last until age 21 if the child is still in school.


Child Support Lawyers at Lake of the Ozarks


Because we understand that the issues of each case are unique, whether children are involved or not, our attorneys are able to plot a course based on the individual needs of the client. Mindful of the effect a contested divorce can have on children, we recommend mediation and settlement as an option that can lessen the emotional impact. We are not afraid to stand up for the rights of our clients in the courtroom, but we believe that every option should be explored to find a solution for you. If you are fighting for child support, don't go at it alone. Call 573-346-7231 today for your free consultation. The law office of Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter and Welch, P.C. is conveniently located right by the Camden County Justice Center, the jail, and the sheriff’s department. Our firm has an open door policy, and there is no need for a formal appointment for clients to stop by to discuss their legal needs. Aware of the importance of good communication, we listen carefully to the needs of our clients, keep them informed, and return phone calls promptly.


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