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A plan on privatized child support payments

Couples in St. Charles, Missouri, planning to divorce must be aware that the court may obligate the non-custodial parent to pay child support. Child support is a monthly payment received by the custodial parent meant to help meet the child's financial needs. The state's Child Support Enforcement programs collect child support payments.

The CSE program's caseloads have dramatically increased recently. Due to growing caseloads, some states, including Missouri, have turned to private agencies to collect child support payments. This may help the custodial parent, who may be in immediate need of the child support payments.

In Jackson, Mississippi, like in Missouri, senators recently voted to support a house bill that may allow the Department of Human Services to sign a contract with private firms to collect unpaid child support. Supposedly, the total of the unpaid child support is more than $1 billion.

Because of this bill, employees of the state have protested, saying the previous effort to privatize in the 1990s failed. The employees said that the state designated a company to collect support payments but in the end collected less money per case. The bill is still under debate.

It is still unclear whether the bill will produce better results in Mississippi, but in Missouri and other states, privatized child support collection has increased the number of collections over the past years. This bill may provide a significant contribution in collecting delinquent payments from parents who don't pay their child support.

Although the bill exists to help custodial parents collect child support from the supporting parent, there are still other ways to collect payment. It is advisable for Saint Charles, Missouri, parents who may have family law concerns to seek help from a legal professional. The legal professional will be able to provide valuable information that may be of help.

Source: Money MSN, "Mississippi child support bill passes Senate," Laura Tillman, Mar. 14, 2013

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