As they say, “change is the only constant.” Life is unpredictable; sometimes changes in circumstance require the modification of past maintenance / alimony, and child support orders. KC Road Lawyers is here to help you when major life changes necessitate child support or maintenance / alimony modification.
Missouri Child Support Modification
Court ordered child support can only be modified by the courts, while child support ordered by the Missouri Family Support Division (FSD) can be modified by either the FSD or the courts. To have child support modified, you must demonstrate that your circumstances have changed significantly and that the original child support order is no longer equitable, generally resulting in an increase or decrease of child support of greater than 20 percent.
Modification of Child Support for Children Over the Age of 18
Child support can also be modified if a child over the age of 18 fails to meet the requirements for extending their child support until the age of 21. Unless a child is disabled, child support can only be extended to the age of 21 if the child is actively enrolled in college or trade school. For a child to maintain their support while in college, they must meet the following requirements:
- If the child is not working at least 15 hours per week, the child must maintain acceptable grades for at least 12 credit hours every semester, apart from the summer semester.
- If the child is working at least 15 hours per week, they must maintain acceptable grades for at least 9 credit hours every semester, apart from the summer semester.
- The child must provide a transcript and a list of enrolled courses at the beginning of each semester.
Missouri Maintenance and Alimony Modification
Alimony, also known as maintenance or spousal support, can be modified when either spouse’s income changes substantially at no fault of their own, when the recipient’s marital status changes, or when there is a major change to the cost of living. The burden of proof for maintenance / alimony modification lies with whoever files for the modification. Modification of maintenance / alimony may not be available if the original dissolution judgment entry states that the maintenance / alimony is non-modifiable.
Call Day or Night for an experienced Missouri Family Law Attorney
KC Road Lawyers offers free consultations to individuals seeking modification of maintenance / alimony or child support in the state of Missouri. Attorney Christopher Benjamin has handled hundreds of family law cases including over 100 contested bench trials. Call 816-425-2420 or navigate to our contact page to find out how KC Road Lawyers can help you with your modification issue.