My wife and I separated and are beginning the divorce process. My wife has no bills besides daily living expenses. No house payment, no car payment, etc. These were paid off through my mother’s estate. I have my daughter at least 12 days a month. I have also placed a significant amount of money into an account for her college education. I also pay for her private schooling. However, my wife is still expecting me to pay significant child support. Under these conditions should I expect to pay a significant amount?
First, I must preface my answer by saying that I do not practice in Missouri. Because each state has laws governing dissolution of marriage, it is important that you seek the advice of a domestic litigation attorney licensed in Missouri prior to taking action. Cordell & Cordell P.C., has several offices throughout Missouri with state licensed attorneys who would be happy to assist you.
Each state will have it’s own child support calculator which can figure child support based on a variety of factors, including income, type of custody arrangement, amount of time the child spends with the noncustodial parent, and certain deductions, like health insurance premiums. The amount of money already placed in a college savings account will not likely be a factor, as child support is used for the current support of the child.
It would be to your benefit to contact a domestic litigation attorney in the Missouri office of Cordell & Cordell to discuss your specific situation.
Nancy R. Shannon, a Nebraska native, is an Associate Attorney in the Omaha, Nebraska office of Cordell & Cordell, P.C. She is licensed in the state of Nebraska where her primary practice is exclusively in the area of domestic relations. Ms. Shannon received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Doane College and her Juris Doctor from University of Nebraska – Lincoln, where she was a finalist in a Moot court competition and active in Client Counseling activities.