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Family law child support and child custody enforcement resources

48126904_S.jpgEnforcement of child support and child custody orders is an important topic that is worth understanding. This blog recently discussed the importance of child support modification options, but is also important for parents in Saint Louis County to understand their child support and child custody enforcement options, and what resources are available to them.

The family law system provides a variety of important resources to help parents establish child support and child custody, to modify child support and child custody when needed and to enforce a child support order or child custody arrangement when the need arises. The potential consequences for failure to pay child support as ordered by the court are significant, so parents with a child support order should know what these consequences are.

How to obtain a child support modification

64575664_S.jpgIt is not uncommon for circumstances to change following a divorce, which is why it is important for divorced couples in Clayton to understand the process of obtaining a post-divorce modification. Post-divorce modifications may be available for child support, child custody and other post-divorce concerns. As this blog recently discussed how child support is determined, it is also helpful to know how a child support modification or other post-divorce modification may be granted.

In general, a modification may be granted based on a significant change in circumstances. In circumstances of a child support modification, a significant change in circumstances of either the child or the parent may warrant a modification. The family law court, when evaluating a modification request, may consider the loss of a job, a change in household income, a change in marital status, a serious injury or a change in the child's circumstances a change in circumstances warranting a child support modification.

How do courts decide issues of spousal support?

47797765_S.jpgAlimony, or spousal support, is intended to ensure that both spouses can transition into a positive financial situation following the divorce. Missouri courts don't order spousal support in every divorce, but it can be an important part of many divorces in the property division process.

Spousal support is intended to provide a more fair settlement by helping a non-wage earning or lower-wage earning spouse be financially stable following a divorce. For example, in many marriages, one spouse gives up a career to care for children while the other pursues a high-paying career. When they divorce, the high-earning spouse can continue making a good living, but the other is at a financial disadvantage. Spousal support can help the stay-at-home spouse to cope with the loss of marital income.

Property division basics in Kansas

54179191_S.jpgProperty division is an important part of any divorce and can also be a challenging part of a divorce. It is important for divorcing Kansas couples to understand property division basics for when they divorce.

Kansas follows equitable property division rules during divorce. This means that the family law court in Kansas will seek to divide property between the divorcing spouses as fairly as possible. While this provides flexibility, it can also result in uncertainty if the divorcing couple does not know what to expect. Understanding property division in Kansas can help divorcing couples be better prepared so that they can reach a property division settlement agreement they can both live with.

What is an uncontested divorce?

51994439_S.jpgBecause of how significant divorce is in the lives of Missouri divorcing spouses, it is important for them to be familiar with the different divorce options available to them. An uncontested divorce can save the divorcing couples time, money and acrimony and can be an option to consider in certain circumstances.

An uncontested divorce can be a divorce option to consider when the divorcing spouse do not have any remaining disagreements between them concerning divorce-related issues and have agreed to those issues between themselves. Divorce-related issues concerning child custody, child support, spousal support and property division all must be resolved for an uncontested divorce.

Navigating a high asset divorce with family law help

44205447_S.jpgHigh asset divorces can include a number of challenges that are in additional to the usual challenges associated with divorce. The family law process is designed to help divorcing couples resolve their divorce-related concerns as smoothly as possible and help them resolve the challenges associated with their unique divorce situation.

When property is divided during a divorce in Missouri, Kansas and Illinois, the goal is to reach an equitable division of property. In circumstances of a high asset divorce there can be many complexities that come up that need to be worked out. In high asset divorce situations, property division, in addition to the more common or everyday items, can include the division of real estate, business interests, professional practices, investment accounts and deferred income and pensions.

What can be done to enforce a child support order?

27053198_S.jpgChildren have the right to be supported by both of their parents. Whether you are paying child support or collecting it, you may have questions about the enforcement process and what you can do to address your concerns.

Various methods can be used to ensure that a parent pays the child support they owe. Child support enforcement measures can include withholding income; intercepting state and federal tax returns; credit reporting of past due and unpaid child support; filing liens on the personal or real property of the non-paying parent; suspension of a driver's license, professional license or other type of license; contempt or criminal nonsupport charges; or other measures, depending on the circumstances.

Modifying child custody or other divorce-related concerns

38127214_S.jpgChanges to a child custody order may sometimes be needed. This blog recently looked at how child custody is determined in Missouri but another important topic for many parents is how a child custody order may be changed.

Post-divorce modifications may be needed related to child custody, child visitation, child support and alimony. Because of how significant these issues are in the lives of divorced parents, it is helpful to at least understand when a modification may be possible. In general, it may be possible to obtain a post-divorce modification based on a significant change in circumstances that is expected to be permanent.

How is child custody determined in Missouri?

44560404_S.jpgThis blog recently discussed more generally how child custody decisions are made but Missouri parents may have questions so it is helpful to understand how child custody decisions are made in Missouri and this blog takes a closer look at what that means in Missouri. Knowing what child custody is based on, and how it is determined, can help calm some common anxieties divorcing couples may have associated with the child custody process. Child custody decisions are generally guided by what is in the best interests of the child so it is helpful to understand how the family law court determines what is in the best interests of the child.

The family law court can help divorcing couples work out a child custody arrangement including a parenting plan and visitation. It can also help them with child custody modifications and in circumstances of relocations and requested relocations. All of these considerations use the best interests of the child as a guiding principle when making child custody determinations. It is helpful to know that in Missouri, child custody can be joint custody or sole custody and both physical and legal custody must be worked out.

Property division basics to understand

104352225_S.jpgProperty division can be one of the many concerns on the minds of divorcing couples. As a result, it is helpful for them to be familiar with family law resources that help with property division and how the family law court will divide property during their divorce.

Property division is conducted according to equitable property division rules which means that the family law court will seek to divide property as fairly as possible between the couple. This may not necessarily mean a fifty-fifty split of property. This is helpful for divorcing couples to be familiar with in many ways, including that it can help them prioritize their property division concerns and reach a property division agreement that works for them.

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