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Paternity/Child Support Archives

Ongoing debate regarding stepparents and child support

9949917_S.jpgMany fairy tales depict stepparents as mean and unloving. In real life, however, this is typically far from being the case as many stepparents, including many in Missouri, enjoy happy and harmonious connections to the children they've come to call their own through marriage. In fact, there have been cases where stepparents have sought custody of stepchildren after divorce. What is not so typical, however, is a stepparent being ordered to pay child support.

False paternity tests cost more than money

14787085_S.jpgOne Missouri man, as well as a mother and her son, have filed a lawsuit after discovering that he is not the father of the boy -- 20 years after the son was born. A short time after the child was born, the mother ordered a paternity test from a local laboratory. That lab concluded with 99.6 percent certainty that the man was indeed the father. For the last two decades, the man felt unsettled, knowing the truth deep within and waiting to finally receive the right answers.

Do I have to pay child support after bankruptcy?

19208847_S.jpgWhen Missouri families go through a divorce, custody is generally granted to one parent or to the other. This tends to leave the other parent with the order to pay support to cover the everyday expenses associated with raising a child. Typically, the Missouri court system tries to balance between having the non-custodial pay enough to cover the child's expenses without leaving them in poverty. This sometimes doesn't work out, however, and the payer finds themselves filing for bankruptcy.

What is superfecundation and how does it affect child support?

35143291_S.jpgThe answer to the DNA test would confound even the likes of Maury Povich: "John, you ARE the father. But -- so is this other guy." While impossible (one would think) for two men to father the same child, twins CAN each have a different father.

When does a parent’s child support obligation end in Missouri?

The law pertaining to termination of child support can be complex in its application. This post is an overview of the topic, but it is not offered as legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. Legal advice should only be obtained from a family law attorney.

Can a child support order be modified?

11688201_S.jpgIn an earlier post, we discussed how child support is calculated. In Missouri, either the court or the Family Support Division can enter a child support order. Form 14 provides guidelines for calculating child support, but the court or FSD can choose to award a different amount than what the guidelines suggest. Once a child support order has been entered, the law favors keeping that order in place to ensure stability for children. As a result, modification of child support is difficult, yet possible.

How is paternity established in Missouri?

35835737_S.jpgEstablishing the paternity of a child provides definite advantages and benefits to both the father and the child, including but not limited to eligibility of the father to petition for child custody and visitation in the event of a divorce and the child's eligibility for Social Security benefits in the event of the father's death. But how is paternity legally established?

Missouri offers many avenues to recover delinquent child support

Thumbnail image for 19664669_S.jpgWhen child support is ordered in a court proceeding, the court's determination of the amount and terms of the support to be paid are based upon the court's opinion of what is in the best interest of the child. So the failure of a parent to pay the ordered support becomes not just a problem for the child and the other parent but also for state authorities charged with the enforcement of child support orders.

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