We will work to help get you through it and ensure that your rights, concerns, and opinions are represented and expressed in the courtroom.
A divorce can provide a release from an intolerable situation. However, obtaining a divorce presents a number of legal issues: the division of assets and debt, child custody, and terms of spousal support, just to name a few. Each of these things must be resolved in order to move forward with your life.
I find no other area of family law more contentious than child custody. While Missouri law always decides these disputes in favor of âthe best interests of the child,â the courts have wide latitude in determining just what those interests are. A skilled child custody attorney can make a difference in the outcome of these disputes.
Child Support and Modification
In Missouri, child support guidelines are set by formulas considering a number of factors, including each parentâs income, number of children in the family, and other dynamics. While the required child support level is set in the divorce decree and stipulation, that amount is not fixed forever. Rather, it can change due to changes in the incomes of the parties and other circumstances.
While the initial amount of child support is outlined in the final divorce settlement, this does not mean that child support levels cannot change. When major changes such as a promotion, the loss of a job, or the remarriage of a former spouse takes placeâthe change in circumstances may require that modifications be made to the terms of support.
I can provide a thorough legal analysis and advise you whether the child support is set too high or too low. As part of this process, we work with accountants to analyze and establish accurate amounts of support. If action is required, we will immediately begin working to obtain a modification to the support terms.
Whatever your situation might be, contact me today to schedule a free initial consultation. This is a traumatic time in your life. I will work to help get you through it and ensure that your rights, concerns, and opinions are represented and expressed in the courtroom.