Obtaining child support in Missouri

The court or Missouri Family Support Division will usually issue an order for child support as part of a divorce proceeding or paternity hearing. If no such order accompanied the judgment, the custodial parent may be able to apply for a modification of the judgment to include child support payments. The total amount of child...

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Establishing paternity and gaining parental rights

Parents in Missouri who are unmarried or separated may not realize that both parents do not automatically possess parental rights. For fathers who are not married to the mothers of their children, it may be a challenge to attain the rights to their children. Typically, a father must first establish paternity through the state via...

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Termination of child support

Individuals in Missouri who pay or receive child support may wonder when that obligation will end. Several factors come into play regarding the termination of child support. In most cases, child support terminates when the child reaches 18. However, there are several exceptions. Child support may terminate early if a child marries, becomes emancipated or...

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Facebook posts result in felony child support charges

Missouri residents may be interested to find out how individuals' social media posts may incriminate them in various legal situations. An assistant district attorney in Milwaukee County, Wis., indicates that this incriminating behavior may be the result of a belief that nobody will care about the posts. Social media has become a helpful child support...

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Men asking for more recognition of their rights

Lawmakers in Missouri, Maine, Arizona, Colorado and Delaware have taken significant steps to make more gender-neutral policies regarding custody rights. Now, advocates are asking for other states to follow suit in acknowledging fathers' rights. Many fathers are unwilling to simply accept the old visitation and child support arrangements that were popular decades ago and are...

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Casino players may have winnings seized to pay child support

When child support goes unpaid, it is usually the children who suffer. The system is in place to help ensure that children receive adequate financial support from their parents. In Missouri, the child support system aims to set payments at a level that benefits the child, but is reflective of the parent's means. Unfortunately, all...

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Man arrested a dozen times for not paying child support

As you probably know, a noncustodial parent's monthly child support payments are meant to ensure that the custodial parent has the financial means to provide for the child's needs. Many noncustodial parents happily contribute funds to their children's well-being. Unfortunately, there are other parents who fail to keep up with the required payments, and this...

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Father now a fugitive after years of dodging child support

It's no secret that parents don't always get along or remain together after the birth of their child. Whatever the situation, however, both parents have an obligation to ensure that their child receives adequate care and support. Even if one parent never sees the child, that parent may be required by law to pay child...

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Man who dodged child support jailed for faking bankruptcy

It's no secret that divorce is emotionally painful for the spouses. However, when children are involved, parents have to keep in mind that their kids' well-being has to come first, and child support is a common factor in protecting the best interests of children. The amount a noncustodial parent owes in child support is determined...

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Sperm donor ordered to pay child support

A man who answered a Craigslist ad from two women who were seeking a sperm donor has now been ordered to pay child support. The man claimed to have waived his parental rights, but a district judge says he is still liable for the child's well-being. The judge claims that the parties in question did...

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