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Child Support and Its Enforcement in Missouri

By The Reynolds Law Firm, LLC  May. 9, 2013 3:55p

Unlike other states where child support is a legal matter connected only with divorce or paternity, in Missouri a parent may petition the courts in regards to child support as a matter all on its own, independent of anything else. Courts may order either spouse or both spouses to provide child support for their child. In so doing, courts will consider many factors, such as the support needs of the child, the financial resources of the parents, the standard of living the child has enjoyed in the past, and more. Child support guidelines are covered under Missouri statutes, including "deviation" factors which may apply to the calculation of support payments.

Where a noncustodial parent earns more money than a custodial parent, he or she is generally required to pay more in support payments. Child support payments generally end when the child turns 18 but can be extended until the child reaches the age of 22 if still in high school. In the case where a parent becomes delinquent in providing financial support for his or her child, support payments can be enforced through the Missouri Department of Social Services, Family Support Division (FSD) which can withhold income with wage garnishments, intercept state and federal tax refunds, order the delinquent parent's employer to enroll the child in a health care plan, report deadbeat parents to credit bureaus, file liens on property, intercept lottery winnings, suspend licenses, and file civil contempt or criminal non-support charges through prosecuting attorneys' offices.

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