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What you need to know about child support after divorce

Determining and understanding child support obligations is one of the hardest aspects of a divorce. Missouri parents likely have questions regarding the receipt and payment of child support, as well as concerns over how the amount is determined. These concerns and other questions can be answered by a divorce attorney who has a thorough knowledge of Missouri law. 

Once a divorce is final, a parent is not free from his or her financial obligations to a child. In fact, financial support is a legal responsibility that must be met until a child turns 18 or becomes emancipated. The goal of child support is to promote the best interests of the child, as well as to allow the child to live in the same manner as he or she did before the divorce. 

When parents are locked in a custody battle, a Missouri court will determine what is in the best interest of the child. A custody determination will also affect how and to whom child support is paid. The amount of child support is typically based on the needs of the child, the incomes of the parents and other individual factors. 

A divorce is hard, even between two parents who are willing to work together to come to a custody and child support agreement that is beneficial for the children. That said, it is important to note that even in these situations, it can be beneficial for a parent to have a qualified legal team working on his or her behalf throughout the entire divorce process. Get more information regarding child support and custody by visiting our firm's website

Source: divorcesupport.com, "Basic Child Support Facts to Remember", Dec. 3, 2014

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