Where to begin when discussing the ins and outs of helping children adapt to a new family lifestyle after divorce? Typically, the changes are many and how adaptable a child may be varies depending on individual circumstances. It is generally believed that Missouri parents will benefit by maintaining as amicable a relationship as possible to ease their children's transitions. Avoiding contentious debates about child support, custody, visitation and other child-rearing issues may be helpful.
Every state, including Missouri, has its own regulations that govern court decisions regarding child support. Typically, when a couple who has children together divorces, the court may order one or both parents duly responsible for financial support of their children. The state is required to periodically review its child support guidelines.
When marriages in Missouri or elsewhere end in divorce, former spouses often continue to face legal challenges surrounding issues that concern the future care and upbringing of their children. A recent article discussed issues that seem to have particular bearing on decisions regarding children's futures after divorce. Both men and women typically benefit from seeking legal guidance and support concerning matters involving child support, custody and visitation arrangements.
Many 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.
One 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.
When 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.
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.