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Q: Father of 15 month old child filed Paternity, Child Support, and Custody with courts. What is he going for?

Father got a full order of protection against me last august. Since then we have tried working on things and hanging out and trying to make things work and getting back together. He never got the order dropped and we are no longer working on things. How is this going to play into what he just filed?

Steve D. Hardin
Steve D. Hardin answered on Mar 31, 2020

There is not enough information in your question to give you a good answer. Other than to say that you need to consult with an experienced family law attorney. It is pretty obvious that he is up to something but what his finial goals are would take a full review of the case, talking to you, and... Read more »

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

Non custodial parents paying medical, vision and dental

Kristen Thurmond
Kristen Thurmond answered on Mar 18, 2020

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... Read more »

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Q: If child support amount is set in divorce decree can it be changed over the years???

Also, if you live in a different state then the child which states laws do you follow??? If you have it in your divorce decree to inform the other parent of moving to a different state with the child and fail to do that what legal action may the NCP take???

Kristen Thurmond
Kristen Thurmond answered on Feb 20, 2020

Child support can be changed any time there is a change in circumstances that effects overnights, health insurance, income of the parties, and other factors resulting in at least a 20% change or a change in who pays.

Relocation is a separate issue, though someone relocating can effect the...
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Q: In a Motion to Modify, does the original Petitioner/Respondent remain the same as the original divorce?

I recently filed a Motion to Modify for my previous divorce. I am representing myself and the response I received from my wife's attorney states her as the Petitioner and me and the Respondent. This is a little confusing for me as I am the one who filed the motion to Modify. However, she was... Read more »

Kristen Thurmond
Kristen Thurmond answered on Feb 4, 2020

Yes, you remain labeled as the Respondent. You are modifying the original judgment where you were the Respondent so it stays the same. However, since you filed the motion to modify, you get to present evidence first. If she has an attorney, you may want to seek legal counsel for full or limited... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Education Law for Missouri on
Q: Son is in college. How do we "formally" request his transcripts to verify he is taking the hours he is required to take?

We want to be sure he is meeting the required hours and grades for us to continue to pay support to his mother. I read that we needed to "formally" request transcripts and enrollment to verify these things, however there was no description of what a "formal request" is. In... Read more »

Pete David Louden
Pete David Louden answered on Feb 3, 2020

Your question was posted in the Oklahoma Section. You should post your question in the Missouri forum so you can get answers from attorneys licensed in that state.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Missouri on
Q: How long after everything is finalized do you have to comply with court orders?
Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Dec 26, 2019

If you have an attorney, this is a question that you should direct to your attorney. In general, however, once an order is issued you must comply immediately unless the order provides a different date.

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Q: Am I still obligated to pay child support under Missouri Law?

My daughter dropped out of school when she was 16. She just turned 18 and received her GED in Dec 2019. She has not enrolled in higher education and plans to take a year off, seek employment, and think about it. As she is 18 and not enrolled in higher education am I obligated to continue to pay... Read more »

Kristen Thurmond
Kristen Thurmond answered on Dec 23, 2019

You will want to look into your options to terminate child support in Missouri if Missouri has issued the support order through an administrative proceeding or judgment containing a support order. Try looking for the self representation forms regarding termination of child support on the... Read more »

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Q: Im 15yr,& i left school without my parents permission for 2 hrs for my bsf funeral, i came back can they send me to BCA?

It was maybe 2 hrs but i came back to school

Lydia Seifner
Lydia Seifner answered on Nov 4, 2019

I'm not sure what BCA is supposed to be, but your parents are allowed to discipline you for leaving school without their permission if they so choose.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Missouri on
Q: I'm still paying child support on a child that has turned 21, is there any way to get the money paid back?

My son dropped out of college December of 2018, at that time he was 20 years old and a full time student. The divorce decree say I will pay while he is enrolled as a full time student (4 year degree) and child support for him will end if he is not. Family court is still taking money out of my... Read more »

Kristen Thurmond
Kristen Thurmond answered on Oct 17, 2019

Talk to a local lawyer about what to file to get the money back. The sooner you file the easier it will be. The family support division has no idea about your child not attending full time so you have to get the order changed. The division only has an order that states you have to pay. It does not... Read more »

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Q: Can my 16 yr old refuse to come home and stay at his dad's? Or can I report him a runaway?

I have primary physical custody of our 16 yr old son. He went to his dad's for visitation and now refusing to come home. Can I report him as a runaway, even though I know where he's at?

Lydia Seifner
Lydia Seifner answered on Sep 23, 2019

He would not be a runaway as he is with his other parent. But his father would be causing parental alienation and is in violation of the parenting plan by not returning him. Talk to an attorney local to you to assist in a family access motion.

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Q: What does it mean, cause set for case review and trial setting. Does this mean I have to attend this court date.

Its pertaining to affidavit for termination of child support. I filed an answer objecting.

Lydia Seifner
Lydia Seifner answered on Aug 13, 2019

If you are taking care of the case yourself, without an attorney, you must attend every court date.

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Q: Do all aspects of divorce settlement end when child turns 21?

My son turns 21 in a few weeks and will still be attending college in the fall. I am 100% responsible for health insurance and 60% responsible for college costs. The settlement says neither parent shall be responsible for college costs for more than 8 semesters but doesn't say I am... Read more »

Lydia Seifner
Lydia Seifner answered on Aug 12, 2019

When he turns 21 you are no longer financially responsible for him. You may stop paying for college costs and health insurance if necessary.

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Q: Can a mother continue to accept child support if the children are fully taken care of and live with the other parent?

My fiance has been paying child support for his 2 children while they have been living with him and are enrolled in school in his town. She lives in a different town with her new boyfriend, neither of them work. They only have the children on the weekends but the father has them all week, pays... Read more »

Lydia Seifner
Lydia Seifner answered on Aug 9, 2019

Typically the paying parent can stop paying child support if the children change residences to live in the paying parent's care. You will have to contact Family Division Services, and may have to go through the court for a modification to have the support stopped entirely. However, if the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for Missouri on
Q: Custodial parent will not terminate CS even though child lives with us. Do we have options?

Our daughter, 17, moved in with us 4 months ago. We have paid for everything bc she refuses to help. She took away her car and phone which we have had to replace. We are paying large sums in CS and in arrears. She won’t pay for anything and refuses to terminate. And has never wanted our help (as... Read more »

Jennifer L. Rench
Jennifer L. Rench answered on Jul 19, 2019

To clarify, I am going to assume that the "we" you are referring to is the child's father and maybe his now significant other? While I prefer Mom and Dad to be able to recognize that there is an issue that needs to be resolved and be able to work out the best way to resolve it by... Read more »

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Q: If both parties on child support order deicied they want court order terminated what do they have too do?

I have 3 kids all in one court order oldest be 19 this year 18 year old lives with me and 16 year old lives with her

Jennifer L. Rench
Jennifer L. Rench answered on Jun 27, 2019

There are different ways to terminate child support, depending on the reason.

Child support automatically terminates when a child reaches the age of 18, unless they are in school full time or some other exception in the statute applies. If that is the case - there is nothing further you...
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Q: I reside in Missouri. by courts I'm the non custodial parent and court ordered to pay child support.

I've had the kids full time for over 7 years now, the custodial parent hasn't physically seen or kept kids for over a year and has claimed child support for 7 years and does not help or bother to see the children. What should I do?

Lydia Seifner
Lydia Seifner answered on Jun 25, 2019

Talk to an attorney local to you to assist you in a Modification right away.

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Q: My name is Kyla. I have received a summons in the mail from my ex husband Tyler regarding paternity

My name is Kyla. I have received a summons in the mail from my ex husband Tyler regarding paternity on my 6 year old daughter. She was born prior to the marriage and she is not biologically his. But after the marriage we both signed a paternity affidavit which added him to her birth certificate... Read more »

Lydia Seifner
Lydia Seifner answered on Jun 25, 2019

The courts generally want to maintain the legal parentage for children. So if the divorce did not address his paternity it is unlikely that he can get himself removed as the legal parent without finding someone to replace him; like the biological father. At any rate, if you received a summons you... Read more »

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Q: I need to know how to change the venue or jurisdiction of my divorce with a minor from SD to MO?

Both my ex-husband and I have moved to MO. Need this changed so we can look into changing the custody arrangement and use DSS in MO to enforce child support. How do I start this process?

Jessica Emery
Jessica Emery answered on Jun 2, 2019

If you already have a divorce decree and you are looking to modify your parenting plan, you would need to register the South Dakota Judgment in Missouri and file a motion to modify. You should contact a lawyer to assist you. If you just need the child support enforcement moved, you can contact the... Read more »

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Q: Can child support cont when child joins military and there's still arrears /back owed due in Missouri?

Child graduating high school, age 19, joining military a few months after that. Probably getting married too this year. Currently receiving child support which includes arrears. I'd imagine current would discontinue, but arrears would continue? Would it stay the same amount to take down the... Read more »

Jessica Emery
Jessica Emery answered on May 31, 2019

In Missouri, child support generally ends when the child turns 18, marries, or joins the military (among other events). There are exceptions to this rule that don't seem to apply in your circumstances, but can be found in RSMo 452.340.

The FSD website has the necessary Affidavit form...
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Q: Is a parenting plan still legally binding when child support continues into secondary education?

I have an 18 who has graduated high school and plans to attend a secondary education school. I am perfectly okay with continuing to pay my court ordered child support to the custodial parent, but am I still legally required to assist with 50/50 medical that is in the parenting plan?

Lydia Seifner
Lydia Seifner answered on May 3, 2019

Once the child is 18, the parenting schedule is no longer enforceable. However the support obligation provisions shall continue to be enforceable until the child is either 21 or stops attending school. Medical, and educational support is likewise enforceable.

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