No one has a child thinking that court-mandated child support will be part of their lives. But children deserve the best they can get, whether or not their parents are together or agreeing about how to support them. As a result, every state has a government division that can help sort out these needs.
- What is this government division in Missouri?
The Department of Social Services in Jefferson City and its other offices around Missouri are there to provide essential state services to families and children. Specifically, the Family Support Division handles many issues attached to child support and custody.
- What can the Family Support Division do?
This division can help establish legal paternity, either at the request of a prospective father or a mother seeking help with child support. It can also create support orders, which have legal backing to seek child support payments, and enforce these orders in the legal system.
- Who can call on these services?
Parents who live with their children or do not live with them may be subject to Family Support Division proceedings. Adult children or fathers needing clarification on legal relationships and requirements may also use the Division’s services.
- What kind of help can people get with child support issues?
An attorney can always represent the interests of parents who need help with family support issues. Child support payments are vital to the safety and health of children, so parents and others concerned for these issues may call on a lawyer to help resolve them. No one should have to fight for their family without help.