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What is the fastest way to enforce Missouri child support?

Parents are responsible for raising their children and divorce does not end that responsibility. In Missouri, child support issues are considered among the most difficult issues to discuss during divorce. Each state has its own child support laws, which pertain to the responsibility of parents to financially support their children. Parents are expected to abide by these laws to ensure that child support is received once a divorce has been finalized. Missouri is no different.

Child support issues often do not end after the divorce is final. Many individuals are currently dealing with child support issues -- such as child support enforcement. When a non-custodial parent refuses to pay child support, a custodial parent has to think about alternate ways to support the children. Fortunately, there are ways to collect child support from the parent who refuses to pay child support.

One of the quickest ways to enforce child support is through wage garnishment. Support will be automatically deducted from the paycheck of the non-custodial parent. If the supporting parent fails to pay one month of child support, the parent's income will be subjected to withholding and an additional 50 percent will be deducted from that parent's income.

Other methods such as attachments, personal property liens and real estate liens can be enforced to ensure child support payment. To avoid these serious repercussions, supporting parents should pay child support on time. In the end, it is their children who will benefit most from timely child support payments.

Child support is often a complicated legal process especially if both parents do not cooperate. Such issues can be settled through a civil approach or litigation. Parents who are facing such legal issues may wish to seek legal counsel.

Source: Mobar.org, "Child support in Missouri," Accessed on Jan. 28, 2015

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