Resolving Child Or Spousal Support Concerns


When it comes to providing for a family after divorce, support is an ideal way to preserve financial well-being.

Child Support:

When it comes to child support calculations, details of both paying parent (defined as "obligor") and receiver ("obligee" or "payee") are assessed by the court. After this is taken into account, a payment structure is then calculated based on both parties' gross income, including all sources, earned and unearned (before taxes or deductions). These details may include:

  • Wages/salaries/overtime payment
  • Commissions/bonuses
  • Dividends
  • Severance pay
  • Pensions
  • Interest
  • Trust income
  • Annuities
  • Workers' compensation benefits

A calculation is derived based on relative incomes, considering details of day care and health care payments, as well as applicable visitation credits.

Spousal Support:

The determination of spousal support is centered on two major factors:

  1. Requestor's ability to support himself or herself based on employment, and
  2. Ability for him or her to support himself or herself on residual income from property or investment.

If the requestor is unable to support himself or herself based on these factors, then he or she is a candidate for spousal maintenance. When making the calculation, the court will consider:

  • Marriage duration
  • Living standard
  • Living arrangements if the requestor is a custodial parent
  • The possible or plausible earnings of the requestor
  • The possible or plausible earnings of the paying spouse

The court also takes into account other variables, including ages of the parties, sacrifices a party may have made for the benefit of a spouse's career, parenting responsibility, education or vocational training as well as other requirements for obtaining gainful employment.

If you are working through these issues, the value of a skilled attorney cannot be overrated.

Representing Clients From Kansas And Missouri With Support Matters

Attorney Lisa M. Dubé at Richard T. Bryant & Associates, P.C., is prepared to help you work through any support issue, bringing years of experience and an unyielding commitment to success. Reach out and schedule an initial consultation at your earliest opportunity.

For assistance with a family law matter, contact our Kansas City divorce modification lawyers at our office in Kansas City, Missouri. To contact our firm, call 866-768-5435 or 816-399-5218, or contact us by email.