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How does Missouri regulate child support?

43159429_s.jpgSingle parents have it tough. There are a lot of things to work out for a child's well-being and development, and the prospect of handling extra work like day care and a college education without help is daunting. Fortunately, child support can help get the job done.

Where did child support requirements come from?

Divorce was not common in Missouri until the middle of the 20th century, when certain laws regarding separating spouses' conduct were passed. The Show Me State started child support in 1977, and state statutes codified the requirement for child support in 1986.

What does the child support program do?

Missouri's program can establish paternity to identify people liable for child support. It is empowered to issue orders for child support or medical support as required as well as the ability to enforce these orders or modify them if it is necessary.

What happens if people do not fulfill their obligations?

The program may refer cases to prosecutors if identified parents do not pay child support or otherwise comply with lawful support orders. If someone continues to defy orders for child support, this may be considered endangerment of a child and result in fines or jail time.

How can people get help with child support?

An attorney can help press a claim for child support or manage the requirements of a child support order. If subjects of these orders do not fully understand them or need to press for modifications, a lawyer can likewise assist with that process. Child support is too important to be left to chance.

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