Accessing Social Security benefits for child support

A custodial parent in Missouri looking to collect unpaid child support may be able to garnish a percentage of his or her spouse's Social Security benefits. This rule does not apply to Supplemental Security Income benefits, which are considered a form of welfare and are not subject to child support garnishment. However, all other types...

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Child support agreements often not kept by mothers and fathers

Individuals in Missouri may not know that, despite the fact that more women fail to pay obligated child support than men, women who are owed child support and do not receive it tend to be worse off financially than men in the same situation. The average household income for a mother who is not receiving...

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Determining child support after a Missouri divorce

In the state of Missouri, it is generally required that both parents are obligated to support their children after a divorce. Parents are often asked to provide both financial support as well as emotional support in the form of regular contact with the children. When determining the amount of child support a parent will provide...

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Determining the end of child support

In Missouri and all across the United States, child support payments are received by children and parents who may otherwise struggle to make ends meet. Because of the potential consequences that come with being unaware of when these payments are due to end, it is important for children and parents to know when that time...

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Legal help for paternity actions

Many fathers in Missouri are unaware that they are not automatically granted parental rights after having a child. If you were unmarried when you became a father, it is important to establish paternity as soon as possible. At our law firm, our attorneys help fathers to establish and protect their parental rights. Once paternity is...

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Does visitation and custody affect child support?

Custody and child support are closely related issues under Missouri law. The payment of child support can be affected by visitation and custody in a variety of ways, but there are important limitations that parents should be aware of. While understanding how the two relate is important, it is also important to keep in mind...

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Child support covers basics plus a lot more

When parents in Missouri cannot agree to an amount of child support payments, the courts will appoint an amount based on state guidelines. These child support guidelines factor in how much money the non-custodial parent can afford to contribute as well as how many children are involved, but the final amount should ideally cover the...

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The paternity challenging process

Missouri citizens who wish to challenge the legal paternity of a child may choose to approach the court and petition to have the fatherhood status of the child changed. They must be willing to state their grounds for challenging the current status, produce evidence that supports their assertions, and properly go through the process of...

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Can a child support order be modified?

In Missouri, there are times when, after a child support order has been issued by a judge, the financial circumstances of the parties or the residential custody of the child significantly change. In such cases, either parent may file a motion to modify the child support order with the court that has jurisdiction over the...

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What methods of child support enforcement are there?

In Missouri, custodial parents may be eligible for receiving child support from the child's other parent, even if the parents were never married. Child support can be obtained either through a court order or as a result of an agreement made between the parents. If support is not being paid, the person who is supposed...

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