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How much will child support be?

I was just served with papers for divorce or paternity. What is going on?
What is involved in a divorce or paternity case?
Can my ex take my kids away from me?
How much will child support be?
How will we divide our property and debts?
Can I get maintenance or alimony?
My ex is not following the parenting plan. What can I do?
How can I change my parenting plan?

Missouri courts calculate a presumed child support obligation based on a court form known as a Form 14 (directions are here). A Form 14 looks at the income and certain expenses of both parents as well as the amount of time each parent spends with the children and calculates a presumed support amount. The court will presume that the figure calculated by the Form 14 is a fair and appropriate child support amount, but this presumption can be rebutted under certain circumstances.

We have created a calculator to figure a presumed child support amount based on a Form 14. The calculator is only as good as the numbers inserted into it and the numbers the court uses may be different from your numbers. You should not rely on this calculator to finally determine what your child support will be.

At Baker Legal Services we can walk you through the Form 14 calculation and provide you an estimate of what the child support may be in your case. We can explain to you how the Form 14 is calculated in light of your personal circumstances. Contact us to see how we can help you.