When a couple divorces in Missouri, the non-custodial parent is often obligated to make child support payments. In some cases, support payments may be terminated, which means that payments will no longer need to be made. The Missouri Department of Social Services answers some frequently asked questions about when child support payments can be terminated.
Do Payments Stop When a Child Reaches 18?
90 days before a child’s 18 birthday the Family Support Division (FDS) will send a notice that current support payments can be stopped. It is then up to the custodial parent to return the notice, which would allow the child to continue to receive payments (provided he or she meets certain requirements). If the notice is not returned the order would take effect on the child’s 18 birthday.
Does the Amount of Support Change Based on the Needs of One Child?
In some cases, one child may no longer be eligible for support while another child still is. This may not impact the amount of support ordered to be paid, since orders are calculated generally and not per child. As a result, amounts typically won’t be altered until no more children are eligible to receive support from the non-custodial parent.
What Happens If the FDS Is Not Notified of a Change in Eligibility?
In the event there is a change in a child’s eligibility and the custodial parent does not promptly notify the FDS, negative consequences can occur. For instance, the custodial parent may be ordered to repay any payments received after the change in eligibility occurs. The Revisor of Statutes lists the reasons why eligibility may change when it comes to previously determined child support orders.