On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Support on Wednesday, February 5, 2020.
Child support can be a difficult obligation to fulfill in Missouri. Although it is necessary for the protection and growth of children, especially children affected by divorce or other issues their parents or guardians are going through, the need can put financial pressure on people and even result in jail time if they cannot fulfill them.
A woman living in Vernon County with her boyfriend made the news recently when she was unable to make her child support payments. Her medical conditions made it difficult to work and make the required money, so her daughter helped her make the payments and avoid an arrest warrant.
The woman had previously spent three days in jail for failing to make child support payments on time, and she risks another six months if she fails to pay in the future. Nearly 3,000 people were charged with late payments or failure to pay child support in Missouri in 2019, which can cause a vicious cycle making it harder for parents to stay on top of their obligations.
The Show Me State has also suspended thousands of drivers’ licenses after holders fell into arrears. The government in Jefferson City is being sued over this practice, as it is believed to increase the difficult of people to work, and therefore, earn the money they and their children need.
People facing issues paying or collecting child support may need the help of a lawyer. An attorney can help review obligations and work with the court to avoid the escalation of troubles that could land a person in jail.