Custody can be complex, even after arrangements have been finalized. Whether you are the custodial parent or the non-custodial parent, it’s important to be aware of factors that could affect the negotiated agreement. One is the visitation credit.
In Missouri, the parent who pays child support claim a visitation credit against their monthly child support payment obligation based upon how many overnights he/she spends with the child in a one year period. This credit can range anywhere from 0% to 50%, depending on the circumstances in your case. The main reason for the credit is that a parent’s expenses increase the more time that is spent with a child while the paying parent expenses go down. The Form 14 now contains guidelines to help standardize the credit as follows:
|Number of Overnights||Adjustment|
|Less than 36||0%|
With a combined 30 years in family law, the attorneys at Raza & Jones, LLC, strive to help you negotiate and maintain custody arrangements that work for you and your children. For questions, or to schedule a confidential consultation, call 314-449-8830.