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How to resolve issues about child support payments

112464301_S.jpgNoncustodial parents in Missouri are generally obligated to provide support for their children. However, this may become difficult for those who don't have the means to do so financially. The first step a parent should take is to contact the Child Support Enforcement Office in the appropriate state. This will alert the office to the fact that an individual's circumstances may have changed. In some cases, this may allow a parent to have a support order modified.

There are several ways in which a parent's circumstances could have changed. For instance, they might have experienced a loss in income or a medical issue. In some cases, a child may become more expensive to raise as they get older. It is important for parents to go to court or through other formal channels in an effort to resolve a problem paying child support.

A simple agreement with the other parent may not be honored by a court. It is also possible that the agreement won't be honored by the parent for some reason in the future. Furthermore, it is almost always better to reach out to the proper authorities if there are issues about paying child support payments on time. As only 45.3 percent of custodial parents receive their full support payments, those who can't pay should not feel ashamed or alone.

There may be many penalties for failing to make child support payments as ordered. However, it is generally better to pay something as opposed to nothing. An attorney could help a parent obtain a support modification or receive other relief. Custodial parents may voluntarily refuse support payments on a temporary basis assuming that the child is still properly cared for.

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