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How is child support calculated in Missouri?

In Missouri, child support is calculated using the Form 14. The Form 14 is a formula generates a "presumed" amount of child support that the court will usually adopt. However, under the right circumstances, a Missouri Court can reject the Form 14 amount and order any other child support amount deemed appropriate. Also, the parties are free to agree to any amount of child support that they want, as long as the court believes that the children will be financially taken care of. The Form 14 calculation includes the following: incomes of the parties, other child support or maintenance orders, health insurance premiums, uninsured medical costs, daycare costs, extracurricular activity expenses, other extraordinary expenses, a credit for the number of overnights the non-custodial parent has, and other factors.

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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