Child support is calculated under Missouri law according to a chart. The chart includes income from both parents. If one parent is not employed, and should be working, the court can impute income to that parent.
The chart includes expenses for day care, health insurance, and extraordinary expenses for the children.
Under Missouri law, child support continues until a child reaches the age of 18, however, if the child remains in school as a full time student after age 18 the child support obligation will continue until the child reaches age 21.
If the court enters an order for child support, a wage withholding order will be entered to have the child support deducted from a person's paycheck, unless the parents agree otherwise.
Effective August 28, 2007, the Missouri law has changed regarding the age of emancipation for child support. (Section 452.340, Revised Statutes of Missouri)
According to the law, child support continues until a child reaches the age of 18, however, if the child remains in school after age 18, the child support obligation will continue until the child reaches age 21. Previously the law stated that the support continued until age 22.
In order to remain eligible for child support between ages 18 and 21, the child must be in school full time (12 credits). Also, the child has the obligation to give each parent a transcript at the beginning of each semester and a grade report at the end of each semester.
Below is a copy of the chart that is currently used to calculate child support. Please contact us if we can provide assistance to see how this child support chart (Form 14) applies to you.
Download Form 14 Child Support Calculations (PDF)
Download Schedule of Basic Child Support Obligation chart (PDF)