Asked in Child Support for Missouri

Q: Before divorce judement does non custodial parent required to pay child support in Missouri

Non custodial parents paying medical, vision and dental

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Kristen Thurmond
Kristen Thurmond
  • Licensed in Missouri

A: If there is no order, then a parent is not required to pay support. However, not paying or assisting with any bills will be looked upon negatively by some courts. Covering insurance is a positive, but may not be enough. Health insurance premiums is a credit applied to the basic amount of child support owed by a paying parent. A judge can order child support to be paid retroactively from the date the non-filing parent was served. Meaning if you are to pay $500 per month, it can be set to have started several months prior and put you in a arrears by several grand. If you are paying for anything either the other parent directly or by paying bills, keep a paper trail. Never pay cash unless it's to a company that gives you a receipt and always pay the other parent by check or money order (even PayPal, VenMo are acceptable sometimes) with a description that reads "for child support" or "XX for child" so you get credit towards those arrears.

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