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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

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

Temporary breaks in post-secondary vocational education do not violate the continuous enrollment requirement of Missouri's post-secondary education child support law.

Child support in Missouri can continue after the child turns 18, and until 21, if the child is attending a post high school education program, provided that several requirements are met.  (See RSMo section 452.340.5 below in the extend… Read More

Child Support and Taxes

What you need to know about your taxes if you pay or receive child support. For federal income tax purposes, child support is tax-free to the recipient, meaning neither the ex-spouse nor the child owes taxes on it. However, child support payments are… Read More

Paternity Issues and Child Support

Paternity must usually be established before child support can be collected. The question “Who is the father?” is not as simple a question as you might think. There are important legal distinctions between different situations relating to… Read More

Records to Keep When You Pay or Receive Alimony

What records you should keep when you pay or receive alimony payments. Alimony, also called spousal support, means paymenta by one spouse to another following a divorce. Courts don’t always grant alimony, but where the marriage was long and one… Read More

What is Emancipation

The act of freeing someone from restraint or bondage. For example, on January 1, 1863, slaves in the confederate states were declared free by an executive order of President Lincoln, known as the “Emancipation Proclamation.” After the Civ… 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