How to Calculate the Correct Presumed Child Support Amount

By October 13, 2011Child Support
By Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal, P.C. of Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal, P.C. posted in Child Support on Thursday, October 13, 2011.

Excerpt from article written by Bruce E. Friedman and Kathryn L. DudleyFollow this ling to read the full article

In 1989, the Missouri Supreme Court adopted Rule 88.01 entitled Presumed Child Support Amount and Civil Procedure Form No. 14.1 Since then, both Rule 88.01 and Form 14 have been amended several times, most recently in 2008. Some judges and attorneys believe that the child support guidelines add a measure of certainty to the child support process and, as such, have a positive impact on the settlement of cases. It is debatable whether guidelines have reduced litigation or fees associated with negotiating child support. What is certain is that when the court or attorneys blindly follow Form 14, without considering its intricacies, the particular facts of each case, and all relevant factors, unjust results can and do occur. A thorough understanding of the directions for use, comments and assumptions underlying Form 14 is essential in order to properly calculate the correct presumed amount of child support prior to determining whether the result is unjust or inappropriate under the particular facts of each case. Moreover, it is critical that counsel gather adequate information for the proper completion of each line item on Form 14.

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