Family circumstances can change for a number of reasons. A father can end up laid off and out of work, or taking a job where he earns less. Or maybe, he knows he is going to be going through a surgery and will be out of work for several months. In all of these situations, the father may attempt to have his child support payments reduced by asking the courts for a modification to an existing order.
Terrell Owens, the former wide receiver for the Bengals commonly known as "T.O.," was once again in the news for issues related to child support. Over the months this has been an ongoing issue for Owens, as the mother of his child has filed three complaints in the last year related to him supposedly not paying his court-ordered child support.
Stange Law Firm, LLC, a family law firm, with offices in St. Louis (Brentwood), St. Charles, and Jefferson County (Arnold) and St. Louis City (by appointment only), Missouri and Belleville, Illinois, has now opened an office in the St. Louis Metro East, in Madison County at 5 Club Centre, Suite A, Edwardsville, Illinois 62025. This new office office will better serve the firm's clients in the St. Louis Metro East in Illinois. The opening was July 2, 2012.
In the context of talking about child support, many people assume that the mother is the custodial parent, and the father is paying child support on a weekly or monthly basis. However, this is not always true and there are plenty of situations where a father has custody and receives child support from the mother.
Let's say you have filed for divorce in Illinois. You know you want to protect your rights as a father and you'd like to have a rough estimate of just what you'll be paying in child support -- and possibly alimony -- if it's applicable in your situation.
When a parent moves out of not only Illinois, but out of the U.S., it can sometimes be particularly hard for a custodial parent to receive the child support that was previously agreed upon before the move. This leaves many fathers and mothers with physical custody in tough financial situations as they go without the necessary child support that is needed to raise a child.
In Missouri, how much a parent will pay in child support -- typically the non-custodial parent -- is determined based on guidelines that take into account parents' gross incomes and different necessary costs for the child, like medical and daycare. However, the truth is that when coming up with child support and divorce agreements, it's important to think well into future costs to prevent contentious arguments from coming up later on down the road.
Stange Law Firm, a family law firm with offices in St. Louis (Brentwood), St. Charles, and Jefferson County (Arnold) Missouri, is now opening an office in the St. Louis Metro East, in St. Clair County, at 115 Lincoln Place Court, Suite 101, Belleville, Illinois, 62221. This new office office will better serve the firm's clients in the St. Louis Metro East in Illinois. The tentative opening is August 1, 2011.