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Can you go to jail for not paying child support?

It’s up to both parents to cover expenses for rearing a child, whether that involves purchase of school supplies or seeing to medical needs. That’s why non-custodial parents in Missouri must pay child support as ordered by the court. Failure to do so can result in a number of serious consequences, as explained by TheBalance.com.  

Frequently Asked Questions About the Termination Child Support

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.

What to expect at a Missouri child support modification hearing

If you and your child’s other parent no longer have a romantic relationship, but the two of you have a Missouri child support order in place, a time may come when one or both of you wish to modify that agreement. Maybe the child once lived with you, but now he or she primarily resides with your former partner, or perhaps the opposite is true. Conversely, maybe your child now takes part in numerous extracurricular activities, and you need help footing the bill for them. At Turken & Porzenski, L.L.C., we understand the types of situations that may warrant a child support modification, and we have helped many clients whose former partners contest the modification prepare for child support hearings.

The rules of child support spending

After receiving your first child support check, you might wonder how you are allowed to spend it. You know that child support is meant to help you give your kids the things they need, as well as keep your lifestyle as close as possible to the one they were accustomed to before your divorce. You may also be experiencing some financial difficulties that make child support a lifesaver. However, at Turken & Porzenski, L.L.C., we understand that custodial parents in Missouri may worry if their exes or the courts can dictate how they spend the money.

Detailing the different types of alimony

Many of those preparing for divorces in St. Charles come to us here at Turken & Porzenski LLC expecting to be entitled to alimony. Like them, you may be disappointed to hear that alimony is not guaranteed in divorce cases. Rather than being a punitive obligation placed on your soon-to-be ex-spouse, alimony is simply meant to provide you with support until you remarry or are able to secure gainful employment. The type of alimony awarded can even differ from case-to-case. 

What should I do for nonpayment of child support?

If you live in Missouri and have a child support plan in place, receiving that money on time can make a significant impact when caring for your child's needs. If your spouse has failed to pay the support owed, however, you are not left without options.

Get the notepad out when alimony is involved

There are many issues involved in any divorce, and each individual issue will have numerous aspects to it that you have to consider. The further you drill down, the more complicated the divorce becomes. Every divorcee learns this at some point.

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