One of the most complicated aspects of family law litigation is calculating child support. It may seem black and white, but it is not. In it's simpliest form you have a set of rules that help you come up with numbers. You plug those numbers into a calculator, (A.K.A., Form 14 Calculator) and it comes up with a number. However, the rules governing child support are volumonous and complex. To make matters even more difficult, the Court is not obligated to enter a child support amount equal to the Form 14 calculation. You can spend hours and hours attempting to calculate child support and only end up confused and feeling helpless.
"There is hope!"
in 2011 (begining 2012) the Missouri Supreme Court issued an order that increased the maximum allowable Form 14 child support overnight credit to 50%. In that Order the parent paying child support is given a credit for the number of overnights that parent spends with the child. The default amounts for periods of overnights totaling 109 or fewer annually remain unchanged, but for total overnights that exceed 109 per year, the allowable credit has been increased from the old maximum of 34% to a new maximum of 50%. While the decision to apply the credit, and the amount to apply, is still at the discretion of the Court, MIssouri Courts in Greene and Christian county of consistently applied the standard to parents with significant parenting time. The new line 11 overnight credit amounts are as follows:
Annual overnights Credit
Less than 36 0%
110+ 10-50% at the discretion of the Court
This change does not discard the provision that in order for the paying parent to be eligible for the overnight credit, the parent recieving the child support must meet minimuim income requirements.
OVERNIGHT CREDIT LAW CHANGE CREATES OPPORTUNITY FOR PARENTS WITH A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF VISITATION TO LOWER THEIR CHILD SUPPORT.