When a child’s parents are not in a romantic relationship, it can raise several questions on how to manage the care of that child. Some parents in Missouri are able to come to an agreement fairly easily, but many parents struggle with this family law issue. In spite of that, children still require care and money is often an important part of that. If a parent fails to make child support payments as ordered by the court, it can have a significant negative impact on that child’s life.
For example, according to officials in another state, one man owed over $85,000 in overdue child support payments to his ex-wife. He has owed money to her for the past 15 years, with the amount building every time he failed to pay. Back in January, he was charged with felony failure to pay child support.
His state’s Child Support Unity worked with both parties and helped facilitate a resolution. The man agreed to pay $40,000 to his ex and she agreed to discharge the remainder of the owed payments. His daughter, who is now 23 years old submitted a victim impact statement detailing how the absent payments contributed to hardship over the course of her life. She says that in spite of all of that, she takes pride in the person she is today.
Though this is an extreme example, there are many families who can relate to both sides of the story. Some parents struggle to make child support payments because of personal circumstances such as a job loss or other financial hardship. Other parents may have to deal with another parent who won’t pay, despite the need and formal obligation. Those who want to modify their child support agreement or create one may want to seek the advice of an experienced family law attorney here in Missouri.