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Missouri Child Support Facts

By The Reynolds Law Firm, LLC  May. 31, 2013 5:08p

Child support payments consist of financial assistance from one parent to the other to help pay for the needs and expenses of a child. In Missouri, child support payments will continue until the child reaches the age of 18 or graduates from high school. Missouri law differs from other states in this matter in that child support may be extended until the child turns 21. Reasons for the termination of child support other than the age factor would be that the child married, died, entered the military, or became self-supporting. Generally, child support may be extended beyond the child's 18th birthday if he or she cannot become self-supporting because of a physical or mental impairment or is financially insolvent and not married.

Child support may also be extended if the child enrolls in advanced education or vocational training by October 1 of the year he or she graduates from high school. In those cases, the child involved must take at least 12 credits per semester and must earn grades high enough to keep going in his or her educational track. If the child receives failing grades in at least half of the courses, the parent providing child support may be legally justified in ending support payments. The child must inform the supporting parent of the classes, credits, and grades received throughout the course of education with an official document from the pertinent college or training facility. If he or she follows these guidelines, support payments may be extended until the age of 21 or until he or she graduates fully, whichever occurs first.

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