In Missouri when a couple have had children and later decide to part ways -- through divorce, legal separation or otherwise -- a court can become involved in establishing the arrangement by which either or both parents incur a continuing obligation to financially support their offspring through child support payments.
Residents of Missouri, like other Americans across the country, know that divorce, custody and child support battles can be difficult and agonizingly stressful situations for people to find themselves in. On top of all that stress, it turns out that it can only take a simple clerical error to make the situation all the more traumatizing.
Stange Law Firm, PC, a family law firm, with offices in Missouri in St. Louis (Brentwood), West St. Louis County (Ellisville), St. Charles, Jefferson County (Arnold), Franklin County (Union) and St. Louis City (by appointment only), along with three offices in Illinois in the St. Louis Metro East, has now opened an office in Lincoln County in Troy at 20 Centerline Drive, Troy, Missouri 63379. This new office office will better serve the firm's clients in Lincoln County, Missouri and in the western edge of St. Charles County, Warren County, Pike County, Montgomery County and the surrounding areas. The opening was July 1, 2014.
When a couple with children divorces, both parties may agree on co-parenting agreements or they can experience a situation far less amicable if these decisions are left up to the courts. Parents do not always agree with a judge's ruling, but they should remember that the best interests of the child are always focused on when courts rule on matters of both custody and child support. This is true whether you live in the state of Missouri or elsewhere in the country.
The rapid social and socio-economic changes that have taken place in America over the past few decades have resulted in developments in family law that would have seemed inconceivable only a few generations ago. The rise of no-fault divorce, the increasing acceptance of single-parent families and unmarried couples having children and, most recently, same-sex marriage are some examples.
Child custody battles are often the most contentious issue in divorce and separation proceedings. Whether those battles are waged by Missouri residents or by celebrities in the limelight, the parties may use all the resources at their disposal to get the desired result. The former girlfriend of Mel Gibson used the timing of filing domestic abuse allegations to fight for her custodial rights.
Child support is an important component of any divorce involving children. For clients in St. Charles, the amount is determined by a formula contained in the Missouri statues. The amount is calculated by various factors including the incomes of the parents and the custody time or parenting plan. Child support obligations are often contentious when parents lose sight of the purpose of the payment: it is for the care and support of the child.
Child custody cases can be difficult. Child custody orders or parenting plans detail the time a child spends with each parent and controls the decision making for the child. Child custody also affects the child support, as a parent with sole custody receives more dollars in child support than a parent with joint custody and shared parenting time.