While the specifics of every divorce vary depending on a variety of circumstances, certain matters are more likely than others to be contentious. Those including children and money usually top the list and most are probably pleased when an agreement is reached. Individuals may not realize that the agreement may be revisited at a later date should one of the parties seek a modification.
In St. Louis, people who have children from more than one relationship may end up with multiple child support orders. The orders may not be identical for each relationship. For example, the amount of child support a father pays for a daughter from his first marriage may be more or less than the amount he is ordered to pay for a daughter from his second marriage.
Many fathers and mothers in the St. Louis area are behind on their child support obligations. This is not necessarily because they are bad parents or because they do not want to support their children, but rather because times are tough. Many people are seeing their wages remain flat, or even decrease, while the costs of all of the essentials - groceries, transportation, medicine and clothing - continue to rise. Such conditions can make it very difficult for people to send those child support checks.
A common complaint among fathers in Missouri who are paying child support is that while they are handing over a large percentage of their income every month to their ex-wives, they are still not sure how their money is being spent and if it is even going to the children. Some fear that instead of new clothes for the children, their ex-wives are getting new clothes for themselves with the child support money.
A 43-year-old mother who is a mountaineer and extreme athlete is being accused of purposely taking advantage of the father of her child in order to receive more than she is entitled to in child support. Her new boyfriend is also accused of playing a role in the scheme that involved deflating her finances in order to secure more than $50,000 a month in child support. Now the three -- the mother, her boyfriend and the father of the 5-year-old -- are all involved in a legal battle.