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Premiers St. Louis Child Support Lawyers

Ensuring the financial well-being of the children is of paramount concern in any divorce proceeding.  Our family law attorneys will ensure that a sufficient amount of financial support is ordered so that your children’s financial needs are met. If you would like to obtain a child support order (or if you need to have an existing order changed or enforced), please contact us for a free, confidential consultation with an experienced child custody lawyer.

In Missouri, the Supreme Court has establish guidelines for child support orders. These guidelines are embodied in what is commonly called Form 14. The Form 14 guidelines are primarily based upon the income of the parents. A court does have discretion to deviate from these guidelines when taking into account the following factors:

  1. The financial needs and resources of the child;
  2. The financial resources and needs of the parents;
  3. The standard of living the child would have enjoyed had the marriage not been dissolved;
  4. The physical and emotional condition of the child, and the child's educational needs;
  5. The child's physical and legal custody arrangements, including the amount of time the child spends with each parent and the reasonable expenses associated with the custody or visitation arrangements; and
  6. The reasonable work-related child care expenses of each parent.

The court does not take into account any marital misconduct when determining the appropriate amount of child support.

Recent Articles

Documentation of Post-Secondary Education Okay

Statute requires child to show post-secondary education hours taken, and grades made, to continue support.


Modification of Maintenance Affirmed

Circuit court did not exceed Court of Appeals’ mandate by determining wife’s finances, on which statute required an examination of husband’s ability to pay, which supported an adjustment to child support award.  Read more...

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