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Lincoln County child support program gets continued funding

As many St. Charles parents who have gone through a divorce know, child support is a very important resource for those families who receive it. Unfortunately, all too often child support payments go unpaid, leaving many parents and children left to struggle financially. For these people, there are resources available to help collect unpaid child support, and our neighbors in Lincoln County may be happy to hear that the Child Support Court program was just awarded continued funding.

The judge who announced the $25,000 award said the alternative court program not only saves citizens and the government money, but also helps families who are owed back child support. The award was given to the program by the Family Court Committee of the Missouri Supreme Court.

Aside from just working to collect money from parents who are delinquent on support payments, the program goes a step further to address the deeper issues that contribute to some parents' difficulties in making payments on time -- issues that criminal courts don't generally address. The hope is that by ensuring that noncustodial parents make their child support payments, it will keep families who receive child support off food stamps and welfare.

When a noncustodial parent fails to make child support payments, it can put those on the receiving end in a very tough spot. But these parents should know that they and their children do not have to suffer. There are ways to collect child support, like the Child Support Court program in Lincoln County, so parents can get the money they are owed.

Source: The Lincoln County Journal, "Funding renewed for child support court," May 23, 2012

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