Going through a divorce, she's asking for child support in the state of MO. I currently live in CA where the cost of living is way higher than MO. How is the amount determined? Do they go off of cost of living here in CA? Right now she's asking for $3k a month (child support and spousal support) but living in CA there is no way I can afford that. I currently have a lawyer in MO but he isn't helping me with any questions I have.
The law in the State of MO would control. Maybe it would be helpful to write an email to your attorney so that he or she has it in writing that you have asked for specific guidance. If you do not get a response, it might be time to find new counsel.
The laws of the State where the Action is being prosecuted will control. Most likely you are better off under MO's guidelines than you would be under CA's as I would expect the CA rules to require an even greater obligation for support than what MO law's happen to provide.
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