Child Support

Child Support Lawyer

When two people have a child together — whether those parents are married or not married — each parent has the responsibility to provide financial support to that child. If you are experiencing a divorce and have children, the divorce process will involve determining the amount of child support that one parent pays to the other parent.

Scott A. Hamblin is a Jefferson City child support lawyer representing parents throughout Mid-Missouri. He represents custodial and non-custodial parents alike, striving to arrive at fair determinations of child support.

How Is Child Support Determined?

In a Missouri divorce, child support is determined by using a statutory formula. It is possible to deviate from the formula in some situations, but doing so requires help from an experienced family law attorney. Scott A. Hamblin has more than a decade of experience with child support laws in Missouri. While child support matters may be resolved prior to trial, it is the willingness to go to trial that instills confidence in his clients.

As dictated by Missouri law, initial determinations of child support are calculated by using the following financial figures and information:

  • Number of children
  • Gross monthly incomes of the non-custodial parent and the custodial parent
  • Amount of monthly child support for children from previous relationships
  • Amount of monthly maintenance paid to a previous spouse
  • Monthly cost of daycare
  • Monthly cost of health insurance

Child support determinations may also be relevant to a paternity action. Once the paternity of a child is established, the father becomes responsible for child support payments.

Jefferson City Child Support Modifications Lawyer

Attorney Hamblin also handles post-divorce modification issues that arise when there has been a significant change in material condition. Child support modifications can be necessary if there has been a substantial change upward or downward in the income of either parent.

Contact a Jefferson City Child Support Lawyer Today

Contact Scott Hamblin’s office to speak with a knowledgeable attorney about child support as it relates to your contested divorce, uncontested divorce, or paternity action.