Child Support That's Fair

When parents separate or divorce, the financial needs of the children must be addressed. Often, the children will live with one parent (i.e., the custodial parent) and have visitation time with the other parent (the noncustodial parent). Because the custodial parent presumably spends money directly on the children, the noncustodial parent will be given the responsibility of paying the custodial parent to help cover the expense of raising the children.

Whether you will be paying or receiving child support, you need to make sure the amount of the payments is fair — that your children are receiving a fair amount to cover their development and upbringing, but also that you are not being taken advantage of.

Protecting The Children And Your Rights

At Martsching Law Firm, LLC, I work diligently to make sure your rights and your children's best interests are protected. For almost 20 years, I have represented the people of Missouri's northland with skill, compassion and a logical approach that produces results — and the same goes in the complex field of child support.

As one of the most confusing areas of law, child support requires a savvy, skilled attorney who takes the time to talk to clients about their needs, hear their concerns about the future and answers their questions in an accurate, straightforward manner — questions such as:

  • How are child support payments determined? In Missouri, a court may consider the following factors when determining the amount of child support: the income of the parents; the number of children; the financial and educational needs of the children; the physical and emotional condition of the children; and the children's legal and physical custody arrangement.
  • How long do child support payments last? Support payments usually last until a child is 18, although the support period may be longer or shorter in certain situations.
  • Can the amount of child support be changed? After a child support order has been issued, the amount of child support can be modified if there has been a substantial change in circumstances for one of the parents.

Get Your Questions Answered

As an experienced and knowledgeable Kansas City area family lawyer, I know how to help you and your children make the best of a tough situation.

For more information about child support calculations, obligations and enforcement — and to find out how I can help you — contact my Liberty, Missouri, law firm online or by calling 816-832-2555.