Calculate Child Support Payments In Missouri
Trying to determine how much child support you need to be can be overwhelming. In the state of Missouri, there is a calculator used in each case by the Department of Social Services to determine how much money is required for a child's expenses in a case. The non-custodial parent will get a breakdown and then be provided with a monthly payment that covers their responsibility for that child or children each month. If you believe that your child support payment is too high, allow DoNotPay to help you with lowering your child support payment so you can stay current and not face consequences.
How Are Child Support Payments Enforced in Missouri?
When there has been a case on a particular family regarding one or more children, there is often one parent identified as the custodial parent and the other as the non-custodial parent. The custodial parent will not have to pay child support because they are primary with the child living with them the majority of the time. The non-custodial parent will be given a mandated child support payment per month based on the Missouri child support calculator found below. These payments must be made through one of the following methods:
- Pay by phone at 888-761-3665
- Pay Online through a secure portal
- Establish Auto withdrawal so that your payments are drafted through DSS
- Mail your payment to Family Support Payment Center, PO Box 109002, Jefferson City MO 65110-9002
- Pay at a location near you through a third party
All of these payments must go through the Department of Social Services so that they are recorded as being paid. If one parent attempts to pay the other parent directly, there is no established record. Using the methods above to pay your child support protects everyone's integrity and keeps the process legal.
How Does a Child Support Casework in Missouri?
All child support cases in Missouri are handled by the Missouri Department of Social Services. Cases are initiated by the following:
- Parent-initiated case and applied for child support
- The judge initiated a case per another family court case
Once these cases are initiated, they are filed with a case number and the parent type will be established.
How Is Child Support Calculated in Missouri?
In Missouri, child support is calculated the same way in each case Form 14. This is essentially the Missouri child support calculator. This form has a monthly budget breakdown of what you make, including all income. Both the parent receiving and the parent paying will be required to provide income information. All of the expenses related to the child are added up to give an annual total amount needed. This total is then divided by how much each parent contributes to their income to give a percentage of which parent pays what annually. The parent who is responsible for child support will have this total divided by 12 months.
What Happens if You Don’t Pay Back Child Support?
If you have been given a court order for back child support, then that means you have a substantial amount to pay before the payments begin. The payments moving forward will not be affiliated with this amount. Should you decide not to pay child support back, there are several consequences you can endure:
- Criminal Prosecution with a sentence. This applies if the responsible parent has not paid at least 6 months of child support over the last span of 12 months.
- Income Withholding.
- You can lose your tax return at the state level to pay the child support that is owed.
- If you are a lottery winner at the state level, these winnings can also be withheld to pay the debt. If you win more than what is owed, you can get the remaining after your child support has been paid.
- Unemployment benefits. If you are receiving benefits from the state of Missouri for unemployment, they can be used to pay the child support that is owed.
- License suspension. This can be applied to any class of driver's license you have or professional license through the state of Missouri.
Demand Child Support Payments With DoNotPay
If you want to file a demand letter for late child support payments but don't know where to start, DoNotPay has you covered in 3 easy steps:
- Search child support on DoNotPay and enter the details of the person who owes the payments.
- Tell us more about the payment schedule, including the amount and frequency of the payments, the last payment they made, the number of missed payments, and how much they owe you in total.
Confirm your contact information and select whether you want us to mail or email the letter on your behalf. Choose how you would like to receive the payment and verify your signature.
Use DoNotPay to Lower Child Support Payments in Missouri
How to lower child support debt usingDoNotPay:
- Search child support on DoNotPay and select the state your child support agreement was established in.
- Answer a series of questions about your current financial situation and your past payments to help guide the application.
- Confirm your current contact information, and enter the location of the county court that established your child support agreement, so we can mail your request on your behalf!
Why Use DoNotPay?
There are so many good reasons to take advantage of DoNotPay. The most important reasons are the following:
|Efficiency||When they submit the request, they look for all of the required information and ensure that it is going to the appropriate department for review.|
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|Convenient||DoNotPay does all of the heavy-lifting, taking on document submission and filing the request so that you never have to leave your home.|
What Else Can DoNotPay Do for You?
In addition to assisting with lowering your child support payments, DoNotPay can assist with a variety of other needs you may have related or unrelated to this case.
- File an insurance claim
- Get assistance with your monthly bills
- File a letter of intent to homeschool your child in your state
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