Kansas City, Missouri, Child Support Lawyer

My divorce and paternity clients commonly ask me questions about child support. They either ask: How much child support am I going to receive? Or, how much child support will I have to pay? I understand that protecting you and your child's financial interests after divorce is important.

I am Kansas City / Platte City family law attorney Christopher T. Patterson. I assist people with child support issues in Clay County and Platte County in the Northland region, as well as Jackson County in both Kansas City / Platte City and Independence, Missouri.

The Missouri Supreme Court lays out rules for calculating child support, but it is important to remember the number produced by those rules is only a guideline and not the actual amount you will receive or pay. There are several considerations to factor in and a lot of room to adjust the baseline, despite any recommendation issued by the child support calculator.

To get a better idea of a baseline for determining your child support, you can begin by filling out the child support calculation worksheet linked below:

Missouri Form 14 Child Support Calculator
This Form 14 child support calculator is provided by the St. Louis County Circuit Court.

As an experienced lawyer, I am well-suited to help you meet your child support goals and leverage to your best advantage the rules set out by the Missouri Supreme Court. I have extensive experience handling child support cases across the entire Northland area of Missouri. The factors considered most important will vary from judge to judge and can include:

  • Income based only on a 40-hour workweek
  • Income inclusive of overtime wages or bonuses
  • Ensuring overnight parenting time credit is accurate
  • Ensuring all extra expenses are accounted for

Because going to trial leaves a child support decision in the hands of a judge unfamiliar to you, I encourage my clients to consider collaborating with the other side to reach a solution. However, I am familiar with local courts and judges, and I can work hard to use the rules to your best advantage at trial. I am also available to help parents looking to secure a child support modification.

The Knowledge And Personal Service You Need

I represent married or unmarried mothers or fathers facing these challenges. I encourage you to schedule a time to speak with me about your child support concerns. I also handle a range of other family law and legal challenges. You can call Patterson Law Office LLC at 816-471-7722 or contact me online.