Proposed Missouri bill eliminate child support

A proposed law in Missouri would eliminate child support in cases involving joint custody in certain situations.

Senate Bill 35 would allow for parents who request that the court award them joint physical custody to pay no child support if the difference in the two adults’ income is less than 25 percent and there is no evidence that no financial support or such a custody situation is in the best interest of the child.

Read the MensRights.com article “Bill Would Eliminate Child Support In Joint Custody Cases.”

In addition, the proposed law would reduce child support in cases where no joint physical custody is agreed upon if the other conditions are met. Specifically “the court shall award child support in an amount that provides for an 18 to 50 percent adjustment below the basic child support amount authorized by the child support guidelines,” if the other requirements are fulfilled.

The bill was introduced by state Senator Jim Lembke, who has been in the Senate since 2008, after serving for a number of years in the state’s House of Representatives.

In 2009, it was estimated that states received $3.8 billion from the federal government to enforce child support payments.