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Understanding the 3 types of child custody

If you have recently separated from the other parent of your child, it is likely that you are largely unfamiliar with the way that child custody works in Missouri. You will, however, want to make sure that your child does not suffer as a result of the separation of their parents. This is why it is important that you make sure that you understand the way that the law works so that you can petition for the best possible arrangement.

Paying for services directly can limit child support disputes

Parents often argue about exactly what child support payments should cover. The person getting the payments thinks everything purchased for a child should be covered. Meanwhile, the other person thinks a lot of those things are frivolous, or they simply don't believe the money is actually going for what their co-parent says it is.

What is nesting really like?

Nesting is a relatively new idea for child custody after divorce. The basics include keeping the children in one home, which is typically the one they lived in during the marriage. The couple continues to own that home. As time goes by, the parents move in and out, following a set custody schedule.

Child support cases come in different forms

When Missouri parents decide to divorce, issues like child support and custody often prove to be especially complicated. Parents may notice that different support cases are handled in different ways. For example, some parties handle child support payments privately between the custodial and non-custodial parents while others make payments through a state-mandated system. This is because there are four major types of child support categories: IV-D, IV-A, IV-E and non-IV-D.

What child custody options are there for parents in Missouri?

Whether you are going through a divorce or separating from your significant other, if you have children you likely have many questions about what will happen to them through these difficult times. Child custody is often a contentious topic, as not all parents agree on what is best for their kids.

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.

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