Missouri Child Support Factors

Either or both parents may be ordered to provide child support. Marital misconduct is not to be considered as a factor. The following factors are considered: (1) the child’s custody arrangements; (2) the financial resources and needs of the child; (3) the standard of living the child would have enjoyed if the marriage had not been dissolved; (4) the physical and emotional conditions and educational needs of the child; and (5) the financial resources, needs, and obligations of both the noncustodial and the custodial parent. A parent may be required to provide health insurance coverage for any children if such coverage is available at a reasonable cost from an employer, union, or other organization. There are official child support guidelines contained in the statute which are presumed to be correct unless shown to be unjust or inappropriate under the particular circumstances of the case. The court may order the payments to be made through the circuit clerk. [Annotated Missouri Statutes; Title 30, Chapter 452, Sections 340 and 345].

Missouri child support is typically calculated by using a Child Support Worksheet. The worksheet will generate an appropriate Missouri child support obligation according to each spouse’s income and other relative numeric factors such as taxes paid and retirement contributions, etc.. Once this amount is determined it is essential to take a look at any appropriate Missouri child support deviation factors that may be applicable to the situation. You can get more information about Missouri child support in the Missouri state statutes located at: