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Child custody and support after a divorce

When parents in Missouri go through a divorce, issues around child custody and child support can be particularly contentious and emotionally difficult. Often, neither parent wants to lose time with their children and, in many cases, both parents feel that they have received an unfair shake in family court. While joint or shared custody is becoming a growing standard across the country, many fathers feel like they are excluded from their children's lives after a divorce.

In around 80 percent of cases across the country, mothers receive primary custody in family court. However, many of these cases include fathers who do not fight for child custody of their own. Fathers who work to secure custody often have a strong chance of receiving primary or joint custody of their children in a divorce. Fathers may face a slightly more uphill battle if their paternity was not documented on the child's birth certificate. However, fathers can catch up by filing proper paperwork and seeking an active role in the child's life.

Child support can also be problematic, especially when finances change after the initial support order is issued. Child support is typically based on a standard state formula that takes into account parental income, time with the child and other factors. If a paying parent loses his or her job or has another type of hardship, he or she may no longer be able to sustain the court-ordered payments. As debts rack up, parents could face jail time for failure to pay.

It is possible to modify a child support order that has become impossible to pay. Taking action to seek a child support modification can help people escape from a crushing burden. A family law attorney may work with a parent who has gone through financial changes to seek a modification that reflects the current financial situation.

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  • Saint Louis County: 120 S. Central Ave., Suite 450, Clayton, MO 63105: Clayton Office
  • West County: 16024 Manchester Rd., Suite 103, Ellisville, MO 63011: Ellisville Office
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