Getting Children The Financial Support They Need From Their Parents
Child support in Missouri is calculated using statutory guidelines that consider the gross monthly incomes of both parents and other factors, including:
- Child care expenses — including clothing, food, housing and transportation
- Health insurance costs
- Costs associated with the children’s extracurricular activities
- Day care costs
- Private schooling
- Medical expenses not covered by health insurance
Most child support actions arise in one of the following ways: as part of a divorce decree, as part of a paternity action or through an administrative order from the state.
The process involved with obtaining a fair child support order can be quite complex. Having a qualified lawyer from Kelly, Symonds & Reed, LLC, representing you can help ensure that the order is accurate and fair to the noncustodial parent as well as the children.
Handling All Aspects Of Child Support
In any child support proceeding, it is important that all eligible income and deductions are included in the initial calculation. Whether you are the custodial parent who is seeking child support or the noncustodial parent who will likely be required to pay it, we will do everything in our power to ensure that the best and most accurate information is used.
When a parent’s financial situation changes significantly or when a custodial parent receiving child support requires additional support, we can petition the court for a modification. We have a complete understanding of the law in these matters, and we can help you take the necessary steps to protect your interests and the interests of your children.
Available Options For Enforcing A Support Order
In some family law cases, our attorneys must step in and help custodial parents enforce a child support order. The Missouri Department of Social Services enforces child support orders in several ways, including:
- Garnishing a noncustodial parent’s wages
- Intercepting refund checks for state and federal income taxes
- Reporting noncustodial parents with delinquent payments to the credit bureaus
- Requesting an employer enroll a child or children in a necessary health care plan
- Filing liens against personal or real property
- Requesting the suspension of a noncustodial parent’s license
- Seeking a contempt of court order
- Working with other state agencies to enforce support orders when a noncustodial parent moves out of state
If you live in Missouri and need help enforcing a child support order, the attorneys at Kelly, Symonds & Reed, LLC, want to help. We can explain your rights and options, the legal process and the possible outcome in your case. We will work with you every step of the way to make sure your court order is honored and fulfilled.
Get Help From The Attorneys At Kelly, Symonds & Reed, LLC
If you would like to discuss your case with an experienced attorney at our law firm, contact our office in Lee’s Summit to make an appointment. We offer a free initial consultation to all new clients during regular business hours and by appointment at other times, if necessary. Call 816-347-1818 or send us an email to schedule an appointment.