On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Wednesday, March 6, 2013.
Paying child support in Missouri is not an option. Rather, it is a payment that typically the noncustodial parent has to pay — by law. In cases where payments are not made, the parent who owes can be expected to be contacted by the Missouri Division of Child Support Enforcement. This division specifically works with custodial parents to help locate a noncustodial parent who is behind on child support payments.
Falling behind on child support — or just not paying at all — can also come with it serious criminal repercussions. Take for example the recent case of a hand surgeon who was taken into custody for not paying child support. His bond was set at $500,000.
In this case, this is a man who is the founder of a national chain of carpal tunnel clinics. However, it did not matter. Instead, the decision to place him in custody came down to the allegation that he owes child support.
This is also not the first time the surgeon is facing accusations related to family law. In fact, he has faced domestic violence allegations in the past. However, in September 2011 he was acquitted by a jury for felony assault of his wife.
In general, in cases where child support is an issue, this could be a sign that it is time to request a modification. However, instead of waiting until payments are already late, parents should speak with an attorney as soon as they realize the amount they are being ordered to pay is going to be an ongoing issue.
Source: Houston Chronicle, “Hand surgeon in jail on child support case,” Mike Glenn, March 4, 2013
- Our firm handles cases where the needs of the noncustodial parent of child changes. To learn more, visit our Missouri modification of child support page.