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Child support: a major concern in St. Charles divorces

Divorce is a major event for spouses in St. Charles, Missouri, as well as in the rest of the country. The process of divorce gets more complicated when there are children caught in the middle. Child support is a major concern for divorcing parents. Custodial parents need to negotiate an amount for child support that covers everyday expenses for the child, including medical, educational and recreational costs.

Generally, child support is calculated based on formulas, which vary from state to state. The courts consider the best interests of the child when deciding on the settlement of support. In Missouri, the gross income of each parent, the number of children and child care costs are some of the factors taken into consideration during the calculation of the support. Local residents may use a child support calculation worksheet as reference in estimating the amount of support.

Parents should view child support as part of their roles as parents. Once the child support is finalized, supporting parents must abide by the rules and regulations of the settlement. Delinquent child support payments may deprive the children of their basic needs and wants. This, in turn, may have a great impact on the growth and development of the children. As much as possible, parents should insulate their children from the stigma of divorce. One way of doing that is by providing child support.

St. Charles divorcing spouses who are having disputes over child support can seek help from a legal professional who is sensitive to their concerns while still maintaining professionalism. Remember, the outcome of child support disputes will affect the finances of both parents. The amount should be fair and just for the children as well as for the parents who will be responsible for providing child support.

Source: Huffington Post, "Top three concerns of divorcing moms," Natalie Gregg, April 26, 2013

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