This weekend, residents across Jackson County will be heading out to barbecues, beaches and cabins to celebrate the Fourth of July weekend. But if you are dealing with divorce, this weekend can be about more than celebrating the country's independence: It could also be about celebrating your own independence.
Child support orders can spark some contentious battles between parents. Almost inevitably, the receiving parent would like to have more money and the paying parent would prefer to pay less. But what is important for both parents to remember is that the amounts calculated by Missouri courts are based on the resources of the parents and the the needs of the child.
If you no longer want to be married or be in a relationship with someone, you can seek a divorce or simply break off the relationship. However, when children are involved, it can be much more complicated because you still have to co-parent with them. This means that you may still have to deal with how the other parent can be petty and vindictive when they don't get their way.
If you are considering a divorce or if you have been served with a petition, it is possible that you will soon be given advice from friends and family about what to expect regardless of whether you want to hear it or not. The one thing you should know is that the advice may largely be based on their own personal experiences.
Becoming a father can be one of the greatest experiences in a man's life, and that experience comes with great responsibility men must take seriously. For instance, fathers will be expected to provide for their child physically, emotionally and/or financially. These expectations are addressed and protected by state child custody and child support laws.