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Last weeks column dealt with a mothers query about the age at which children are given considerable sway by the court in determining how much time they spend with each of their divorced parents. Her two children, aged 12 and 14, were resisting spending the time with their father provided for in the court approved parenting plan.
One of the hardest things about divorce is its cost, not just emotionally and psychologically, but in cold hard cash. A typical scenario is a husband, wife and two attorneys. Add the expense of outside experts if there are disputes over who can better parent their children or the valuation of an asset such as a business that one or both owns, and the bottom line is fees well into five figures for each party.
Child support is based on the Missouri Child Support Guidelines. The court calculates support based on the gross monthly income of the parents, the cost of health insurance, the cost of day care, and the cost of providing support to others (such as parents or minor children of other marriages).
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