When enduring the overwhelming process of divorce, your main concern is the health and welfare of your children. The Family Law attorneys at The Reynolds Law Firm, LLC will help you make the best decisions for your family during this difficult time.
Child Support is money that a non-custodial parent is required to pay to the custodial parent for the cost of raising his or her child. The details of this payment will be addressed by the court or Family Support Division in the form of a Child Support Order. This is usually included in a divorce or paternity judgment. Only the court can change or terminate court ordered child support orders.
In Missouri and Kansas, child support is determined through a complicated mathematical formula predicated upon certain assumptions that have been made to determine what the “presumed of amount of support” should be based in a typical case. The formula takes into account various things such as income of the parties, other support payments received or made, number of children, cost of health insurance for the children, work-related child care costs, etc. However, in certain cases the formula may not be applicable to a particular family for one reason or another. Our attorneys will work with you to determine the amount that would be considered fair and appropriate based upon your unique situation.
Enforcement and Collection
The law allows for several methods of collecting child support from a non-custodial parent who is under a Child Support Order. The most common, and preferred, method is withholding from wages and other means of income. Other enforcement penalties can include:
- Reporting offender to credit bureaus
- Filing liens property
- Suspending drivers licenses, both recreational and professional
In extreme cases, civil contempt or criminal non-support charges may be filed.
In the unfortunate situation where you are the victim of a parent who is not paying child support, the attorneys at The Reynolds Law Firm, LLC will work with you and the Family Support Division to aggressively pursue collections options.
We hope you will contact us today for an initial consultation so we can help you get your family past legal obstacles and back to a more secure future.
The Reynolds Law Firm, LLC
Belletower Office Building
4700 Belleview, Suite 404
Kansas City, MO 64112
Phone: (816) 531-6000
Fax: (816) 531-3939