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Why 'winning' a custody battle is not really a thing

Divorce creates noticeable problems for many families in Missouri as they work through the emotions of losing relationships and seeing changes in others. For many people, the pain of such a significant familial change takes its toll as people pick and choose sides and make judgments without being aware of the whole story. One major uphill battle that many couples face is designating the custody of the children they share. 

How the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act affects spousal support

If you are considering a divorce in Missouri, there are some changes this year regarding spousal support that may significantly change the outcome of your overall settlement.  At Turken & Porzenski, L.L.C., our team of experienced professionals understand how to navigate the complex legal process and provide you with personalized service.

When should I ask for a child support modification?

Once you go to court and finalize your child support order in Missouri, you are not bound by this order forever. You always have the option to return to court for a modification. There are some limitations on requesting changes to your order. The Missouri Bar explains you may only request a modification if there is a substantial change or it has been three years since the original order.

Understand the basics of spousal support

When you and your spouse divorce in Missouri, you may wonder if you will receive spousal support and if so, how much these payments might be. Sometimes alimony is not as straightforward as child support, though. At Turken and Porzenski, L.L.C., we understand that you have many questions and are ready to help you find the answers.

Proving your ex is in a supportive relationship

As you are well aware of, marriage involves quite a bit of sacrifice by both parties involved. Your spouse may have sacrificed their career pursuits in St. Charles to stay home and run your household while you pursued yours. Knowing this, you may have little issue in paying them spousal maintenance until they are able to support themselves. Your obligation to pay maintenance also ends if your ex-spouse remarries. Yet many of those that we here at Turken & Porzesnski LLC have worked with have come to us with concerns that their ex-spouses may be purposely cohabitating in order to retain their maintenance. If you share the same fears, then you should also know how to address them. 

Can you go to jail for not paying child support?

It’s up to both parents to cover expenses for rearing a child, whether that involves purchase of school supplies or seeing to medical needs. That’s why non-custodial parents in Missouri must pay child support as ordered by the court. Failure to do so can result in a number of serious consequences, as explained by TheBalance.com.  

Frequently Asked Questions About the Termination Child Support

When a couple divorces in Missouri, the non-custodial parent is often obligated to make child support payments. In some cases, support payments may be terminated, which means that payments will no longer need to be made. The Missouri Department of Social Services answers some frequently asked questions about when child support payments can be terminated.

What to expect at a Missouri child support modification hearing

If you and your child’s other parent no longer have a romantic relationship, but the two of you have a Missouri child support order in place, a time may come when one or both of you wish to modify that agreement. Maybe the child once lived with you, but now he or she primarily resides with your former partner, or perhaps the opposite is true. Conversely, maybe your child now takes part in numerous extracurricular activities, and you need help footing the bill for them. At Turken & Porzenski, L.L.C., we understand the types of situations that may warrant a child support modification, and we have helped many clients whose former partners contest the modification prepare for child support hearings.

The rules of child support spending

After receiving your first child support check, you might wonder how you are allowed to spend it. You know that child support is meant to help you give your kids the things they need, as well as keep your lifestyle as close as possible to the one they were accustomed to before your divorce. You may also be experiencing some financial difficulties that make child support a lifesaver. However, at Turken & Porzenski, L.L.C., we understand that custodial parents in Missouri may worry if their exes or the courts can dictate how they spend the money.

Detailing the different types of alimony

Many of those preparing for divorces in St. Charles come to us here at Turken & Porzenski LLC expecting to be entitled to alimony. Like them, you may be disappointed to hear that alimony is not guaranteed in divorce cases. Rather than being a punitive obligation placed on your soon-to-be ex-spouse, alimony is simply meant to provide you with support until you remarry or are able to secure gainful employment. The type of alimony awarded can even differ from case-to-case. 

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