The Child Support Enforcement Amendments of 1984' and the Family Support Act of 1988, are designed to improve the adequacy, consistency, and collectability of child support awards. These two laws require states to develop specific guidelines providing a numerical formula for the determination of child support award amounts' and require that the guidelines be presumptive. Following the federal mandate, the Missouri Supreme Court enacted child support guidelines which have been mandatory since April 1, 1990.

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