Rolla, MO asked in Child Support for Missouri

Q: If 2 people have joint custody and 1 parent (pays support)gets higher paid job do they have to pay more in child support

Child support payer has 2 other children in current home with them

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Jennifer L. Rench

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  • St. Louis, MO
  • Licensed in Missouri

A: In Missouri, a court would determine the presumed amount of child support by entering information on a Form 14 worksheet. There is information missing from your question that would be needed in order to determine the amount of child support.

For example, in some situations the child support calculation allows the payer to take a credit to lower child support based on the number of overnights the payer exercises with the child. Joint custody doesn't describe the number of overnights one parent has. It could be 152 nights or 182 nights and those payers would receive different credits. This credit is also not allowed if the receiving parent makes under a certain amount of money. Another piece of missing information is more details about the other children living in the payer's home. Were they children born before the child subject to the child support case? After? Are they dependents of the payer? Is there a child support order in place for those other children? Yet another missing piece is the amount of health insurance paid and who pays it.

These are just a few questions that come to mind. An attorney would want to gather this and other information to answer your question. I hope this was helpful!

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