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How disability can affect child support payments

Disability can change nearly every aspect of a Missouri family's life, especially when the disabled parent is a major source of child support. Because parental disability can have such a significant effect on income, it can also mean major changes for the children as well as for the parent. In general, child support orders are based on a formula that includes the parent's income as a major factor in the calculation. It is assumed that the parent will continue to maintain at least this level of income while their children remain minors. However, disability can cause a significant and unexpected change in a parent's earnings.

Steps for dealing with child support after a job loss

The loss of a job triggers many financial concerns. For parents in Missouri who pay child support, sudden unemployment can lead to worries about complying with court orders in addition to other monthly bills. Unemployment does not alter or postpone the requirements set by the court for supporting children.

Film looks at impact of child support system on fathers

The child custody and support system can be overwhelming for many single parents who enter it after a divorce or the end of a relationship. The process can be complicated further by the impacts of societal racism and poverty, emphasizes the director of a documentary film, "Where's Daddy?" The film seeks to explore how child support enforcement systems impact the relationships that African American fathers have with their children. In particular, it looks at the role of punitive consequences, like jail time, job loss or driver's license revocation, for parents who owe child support and how those consequences can be particularly damaging for African American fathers.

Abusers use children to maintain control after a divorce

Although many Missouri courts operate under the belief that children generally benefit the most when both parents remain in their lives, there are certain circumstances where this can be detrimental. For example, children could be at risk if the courts give custody rights to an abusive or violent parent. Even so, the courts are simply not set up to properly ensure that all children with abusive parents remain safe.

What is a parenting plan agreement?

A parenting agreement is a written document outlining how children will be raised by parents after a separation or divorce. The plan is designed with the best interest of the child in mind and helps to keep environments and schedules structured during times of upheaval.

Missouri pushes for equal custody in divorce cases

Divorce is a difficult process for anyone, but the prospect of losing your children in a custody battle can be downright terrifying. There has been a historical tendency for divorce courts to rule in favor of the mother in matters of child custody. There seems to have been an underlying presumption, within the court system, that women make better parents than men. More often than not, the mother receives primary custody of her children, while the father may only receive visitation rights every other week. Consequently, the limited time fathers get to spend with their children under this arrangement is often devastating for both parties.