Thursday, January 19, 2017

How Is Child Support Calculated?

Though every newlywed couple dreams of a lifetime together, divorce is unfortunately a fact of life for many people. Recent statistics show that the divorce rate for first marriages range between 40-50%, and that the divorce rate for second marriages can be even higher.


When children are involved, the divorce process often becomes more challenging and  stressful. Even though they do not share the same household anymore, most couples will share the responsibilities of raising and supporting their children. This week, O'Donnell Law Center examines the financial aspect of this shared responsibility.

An Overview Of Child Support

Child support flows from a court or administrative order that allocates between the parents  the costs associated with raising children in separate households. Suppose, for example, that post-divorce, the children will live with the mother during the week and with the father on weekends (or perhaps every other weekend). Since the mother has the lion's share of the parenting time, she will naturally be faced with the majority of the child's living expenses such as food, clothing, school supplies, and doctor's visits. In order to offset these costs, the order will direct that the father provide financial assistance to the Mother in the form of child support.

How Is Child Support Calculated?

Many years ago, the state of Missouri adopted a specific and complex mathematical formula called Form 14 for computing the amount of child support the non-custodial parent will be required to provide to the custodial parent. The use of this formula is mandatory - it must be used in every case to determine how much child support will be ordered. The formula takes into account a variety of different factors, such as:
  • Each parent's gross monthly income
  • The number of children involved
  • Health insurance costs for the children
  • Reasonable costs of providing for the children

Before beginning negotiations, many parents may not realize that it is up to them and their Lake of the Ozarks family attorney to plug in the numbers and perform the computation. A skilled attorney will be able to use a great deal of discretion when determining which numbers are appropriate to plug in to the formula. The numbers used to perform the calculation greatly impact the final result, so being able to use this kind of discretion can be immensely valuable.

How Long Does Child Support Last?

The length of time a parent will be required to provide child support varies upon several different factors. As a general rule of thumb, child support orders last for as long as the children in question are considered dependent upon parental support. In Missouri, this means that the non-custodial parent may be required to continue paying child support until the child turns 21 if the child remains enrolled in college, and 18 if not. If the child has permanent disabilities, the child support order may last for the child's entire lifetime.

Contact O'Donnell Law Center For Help With Child Support Issues

With the potential of living under a child support order for multiple years, it is important to ensure that your child support orders are calculated correctly. If you are facing a child custody battle, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with our divorce attorney in Osage Beach MO to evaluate how our team may be able to assist you.


We Carry Your Burden ~ You Carry On With Life.

Disclaimer: No attorney-client relationship is created by the publication of this blog.


The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely on advertising.

Phone: (573) 552-0317

O'Donnell Law Center, LLC
1026 Palisades Blvd. Suite 3

Osage Beach, MO  65065

Friday, January 13, 2017

What Can O'Donnell Law Center Offer You?

We carry your burden ~ You carry on with life

This simple phrase is more than our tagline. It's our motto and our mission - our deeply held belief that guides our every move. We strongly believe in providing the best possible service to each and every one of our clients.


O'Donnell Law Center - Legal Representation That Cares

Addressing legal issues often feels challenging, overwhelming, and stressful. We recognize that frequently, people who come to an attorney seeking legal counsel are already under a great deal of stress. At O'Donnell Law Center, we strive to become a true resource to our clients. In addition to offering the legal counsel and guidance our clients need, we also offer referrals for other trusted providers in the area and - perhaps most importantly - a sympathetic and understanding ear. When you work with O'Donnell Law Center, our primary goal will be to lift the burden off of your shoulders and place it onto our own, allowing you to carry on with life with the reassurance that your legal issue is in capable hands.

Legal Representation How You Need It, When You Need It

As one of the most technologically advanced law firms at the Lake of the Ozarks, we use a variety of tools to help us provide legal representation on our clients' terms. We make a point to enable our clients to speak with us, meet with us, and sign necessary documentation on their schedules.

As the client, you will...

Have the freedom to choose when and where we meet.
Our Center is available Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM 12:00 PM and from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM as a safe, neutral meeting space. However, we recognize that it may not always be feasible for you to come to our Center during standard working hours. If you have difficulty coming to our Center, we are happy to come to you or meet in a more central location. We are also more than happy to meet with you via phone or video conference such as Skype or Facetime. Depending on your specific needs, we may be able to schedule weekend and/or evening appointments as well.

Choose when and how we communicate.
While simply communicating with our Lake of the Ozarks attorney during business hours may be more doable than driving to our office, it can still be challenging depending on your line of work. We want our communication to be easy and convenient. You will not be required to contact us via certain methods (such as by phone) at certain times of day. Rather, you will have the information you need to text, email, call, or video conference with us - whatever is your preferred method - at the times of day that you choose.

Be able to access and sign documentation on your schedule.
Depending on your lifestyle, work and child-rearing responsibilities may take up a large portion of your day. While it's true that many legal proceedings are governed by strict deadlines and time commitments, we make it a point to allow our clients the freedom to access and sign necessary documentation at the times that work best for them. We will give you the login information to a secure online portal that will allow you to access necessary documentation when it is convenient for you.

Legal Fees With No Surprises

In addition to the challenges of complying with the attorney's schedule, financial concerns are another primary stress many people face when working with attorneys. Lawyers have a reputation for charging expensive fees that escalate throughout the proceedings, and that the client may not have seen coming.

As a legal team that is dedicated to reducing our clients' stress, we strive to quote our clients an accurate price upfront, before conducting any work on the case. In most cases, we can charge a flat fee based upon the services we agree our clients will need at that time. Our clients will also know what services are available if their cases later take an unexpected turn and become more complicated.

Contact O'Donnell Law Center To Schedule Your Initial Consultation Today

Since we first opened our doors in August of 2014, we have served hundreds of local clients to meet a variety of needs. We specialize in business law, family law, estate planning and probate, and criminal defense, but we also offer a variety of additional services including personal injury law, landlord/tenant, debt collections defense, and legal representation for condominiums and HOAs. If you would be interested in learning more about how our general practice firm in Osage Beach MO may be able to assist you with your legal needs, contact us to schedule your initial consultation. 


We Carry Your Burden ~ You Carry On With Life.

Disclaimer: No attorney-client relationship is created by the publication of this blog.


The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely on advertising.

Phone: (573) 552-0317

O'Donnell Law Center, LLC
1026 Palisades Blvd. Suite 3
Osage Beach, MO  65065

Thursday, January 5, 2017

5 Quick Tips For Entrepreneurs

There are few things as exciting (and terrifying) as taking the plunge and opening your own business. Limited only by your imagination and determination, you'll face endless possibilities as an entrepreneur. Of course, in order to become a successful entrepreneur, you must be adept in more areas than just your chosen field - you must also be able to handle the business, financial, and legal responsibilities associated with running a company. Our business attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks is here to help you succeed by offering these quick tips to anyone dreaming of starting a business in Missouri.


1. Choose A Field You Are Passionate About.
Building a business from the ground up requires an immense amount of time, energy, and effort. If you aren't passionate about the industry or the cause you have chosen, you may burn out quickly. Before embarking on the adventure of building a new business, make sure you are honest with yourself regarding whether or not your chosen field truly ignites your passions.

2. Identify Clear, Measurable Goals.
Building a business is a huge task, with countless details demanding attention and individual steps to be taken along the way. Without a clear plan to follow with measurable goals to track your progress, you may get lost along the way. Before beginning your new venture, take the time to carefully devise (and write out) your strategy.

3. Listen To Unhappy Customers.
No business owner wants an unhappy customer or client. However, as Bill Gates once pointed out, these dissatisfied clients can provide the greatest source of learning for business owners. Rather than getting defensive, take the time to carefully listen to their complaints and use their comments to identify where and how your company can improve. 

4. Stick With It.
Nothing good comes easily. As an entrepreneur, you will inevitably face difficulty, stress, and obstacles that may seem impossible to overcome. A primary difference between successful entrepreneurs and their unsuccessful counterparts is the tenacity with which they face their challenges. If you are able to meet and overcome the challenges you face, you will be that much farther ahead of your competition.

5. Build A Strong Team.
Few successful entrepreneurs achieve their dreams without help. Don't overwhelm yourself by attempting to do it all your own. Get assistance from trusted friends, family, and mentors, and seek counsel from experienced professionals who can guide you along the way. A business accountant and business attorney are two examples of professionals whose guidance may be worth their weight in gold.

Need A Business Attorney? We'd Love To Talk To You!
If you are in need of a business attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks, we would be honored to consult with you. Our experienced team can help you with the legal aspects of entrepreneurship, such as forming a business entity, building (and enforcing) legal contracts, designing a business succession plan, and much more. Visit our website for more information about our business law services in Camden County MO, or call us directly at (573) 552-0317.


We Carry Your Burden ~ You Carry On With Life.

Disclaimer: No attorney-client relationship is created by the publication of this blog.


The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely on advertising.

Phone: (573) 552-0317

O'Donnell Law Center, LLC
1026 Palisades Blvd. Suite 3
Osage Beach, MO  65065