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Modified Child Support retroactive to personal service of the Motion

Recent Case:  Retroactive support can only go back to the date of service of the Motion, 20% change in child support amount is grounds for modification, child support can continue if child incapacitated. Father appeals the judgment and decree of mod… Read More

Child Support terminated and child emancipated if requirements for college are not met; child must report grades and course load to parents.

Case Law Update on the issue of emancipation of a child and termination of child support obligation for a child in college when course load requirement is not met. Filed March 4 – Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District – ED99492 Fath… Read More

Enforcement of Missouri Divorce Decrees: Contempt of Court Proceedings.

When a Missouri divorce is concluded, and the Judgment Decree is signed by the judge, regardless of whether the case was settled or tried by the court, the parties are expected to follow the order.  While most people do, there are always those who c… Read More

Form 14 Mandatory for Determination of Child Support

Recent Case Holding: The trial Court is required to calculate the presumed amount of child support pursuant to Civil Procedure Form 14. In a recent case from the Missouri Court of Appeals – Eastern District, Husband appeals from the trial Court’s… Read More

Child Support Credit for Overnights Mandatory

Recent case: A. Harris vs. G Harris, Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District – ED99276 Father appeals the trial court’s judgment and decree of dissolution of marriage. Father claims the trial court erred in calculating Father’s child su… Read More

Missouri Divorce FAQ: What is an Uncontested Divorce in Missouri?

An uncontested divorce in Missouri is a divorce where both the Husband and the Wife are in complete agreement with all terms of the divorce before the case is filed.  In almost all cases, if the case can be resolved as an uncontested matter, the… Read More

Temporary interruption from enrollment because of extraordinary circumstances and intent to re-enroll constitutes exception to the continuous enrollment requirement; No overnight credit when overnights not likely; misconduct supports attorney fees

Recent Ruling LP v. EP, WD75030 Missouri Court of Appeals Following a bench trial, the trial court entered a judgment of dissolution, dissolving the marriage of Mother and Father. The trial court divided the marital property, established custody an… Read More

Missouri Child Support Modification: 20% change in support amount, overnight credits, bonus and interest income, income tax dependency.

Recent Case: JK v. JK WD74592 Father appeals from a judgment entered in the Circuit Court of Cole  County granting Mother’s motion to modify child support. In its judgment, the circuit court found that a substantial and continuing ch… Read More

Court must set aside child support order if requirements of paternity set-aside statute are met unless court finds and concludes that it is not in the best interests of the child to do so; General order for multiple children does not preclude compliance

Missouri law allows for a man that has been named to be the father of the child, but is not biologically the father of the child, to petition the court to terminate a child support order that is two years old or less, and, among other things, extingu… Read More

Setting aside of default judgment appropriate when good cause shown and meritorious defense; Ability to pay supports award of attorney's fees

Recent Case: JT Appellant vs. AT, Respondent  Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District – ED97995 Father appeals from the trial court’s judgment of November 8, 2011, dissolving his marriage with Mother and entering a child cust… Read More

Mark A. Wortman

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Kansas City family law attorney Mark A. Wortman handles only divorce and family law matters, and practices only in the State of Missouri. Due to this specialty, Mark has handled thousands of Missouri divorce and family cases and has practiced extensi… Read More