The cost of supporting children after a divorce is almost always greater than it was during the marriage. The children will have to spend time with both parents, but of course, not at the same time, so all their comforts must be in place at both residences. Transportation costs associated with visitation can also be substantial.
This means that child support payments become a critical issue for many divorcing spouses. While it is usually determined by a series of child support charts (sometimes referred to as “guidelines”) issued by the Missouri Supreme Court. The chart figures child support based on the gross income of both parents.
Interpreting this chart can be complex. Other considerations must often be taken into account — considerations like tax consequences, how to define actual gross income from varied sources and upward or downward departures based on unique family situations.
Focusing on the Outcome of Family Law Proceedings
At the Kallen Law Firm, LLC, in St. Louis, I care about the overall outcome of family law proceedings, like child support proceedings. I encourage my clients to make smart decisions that save legal fees and work to create effective solutions.
I understand that each case is unique. Sometimes cases are best resolved by smart compromises that keep future parent-child relationships in mind. If my client needs an aggressive lawyer to protect his or her interests, I do not hesitate to use as much force as needed.
I also handle enforcement and modification of existing child support orders.
Protecting Women’s Rights in Child Support Matters
Much of my law practice is focused on protecting the rights of working mothers in Missouri. In Missouri, daycare expenses are factored in to the child support calculation. I advocate for women to make sure that they get the resources to which they are entitled to receive.
To schedule a free initial consultation about your child support concerns, contact my Saint Louis law office by calling 314-880-2170 or by completing my online contact form.