Missouri Child Support

How to Apply for Child Support in Missouri

Child support is handled by a division of the Missouri Department of Social Services called Child Support Enforcement (CSE). Anyone who would like to receive services can apply online, print an application or visit a local support office. The information provided will be used to initiate a case and you will be contacted when it is time to receive a case number and the contact information of a case worker.. Download Forms.

Missouri Child Support Calculator

Missouri uses the gross monthly income of the non-custodial parent, the number of children involved, monthly daycare costs and monthly health insurance costs when determining a support amount. In addition, any support or alimony payments that are paid from previous relationships may be taken into account.

Missouri Child Support Payments Info

Direct deposit and prepaid cards are used to claim child support. The Family Support Payment Center (FSPC) prefers to withdraw child support directly from a payer's checking or savings account via electronic funds transfer. Payments can also be made online or via check or money order.

Child Support Performance Stats for Missouri

The Missouri Department of Social Services measures the performance of the state's support program. A number of factors are used to evaluate how the program is running.

Can the support be paid off early?

It is possible to pay a lump sum if you wish to make early payments.

What Will Hhappen if You fall Behind Child Support Payment?

All available methods to withhold or intercept earnings as a way to make up for unpaid support will be made.

Can you get alimony and support at the same time?

Yes, it's possible to get alimony and support at the same time in Missouri.

Can you stop the support payments?

Support payments cannot be stopped. However, there are legal options available if you wish to abate an order.

Child Support and Taxes

Support payments in Missouri typically do not impact taxes.

Can child support payments be claimed on taxes in Missouri?

No, the support payments can't be claimed on taxes int he state.

How does my child support affect my taxes in Missouri?

A person receiving payments should not claim the funds as income. A person making payments cannot deduct the total on their taxes.

Can child support be taken pre-tax?

No, it can not be taken pre-tax.

Can child support Take my federal tax return?

State and federal tax refunds can be intercepted if support payments are not being made.

Paternity Establishment

Paternity must be established in Missouri before a support order can be created and enforced.

How do you establish paternity?

Paternity can be voluntarily established by completing the Affidavit Acknowledging Paternity at any point following the birth of a child. Paternity that is contested can be resolved through Missouri's support agency or in court.

What rights does a father have if not on birth certificate?

Paternity must be established before a father can have parental rights.

Can a mother refuse me paternity test?

A court may be able to order a DNA test. Any man in Missouri who believes that he is the father of a child in a situation where a mother does not want to establish paternity should put his name on the state's Putative Father Registry.

How to establish paternity if the father is deceased?

The DNA of a family member can often be used.

Can a father get a paternity test without the mother?

DNA testing cannot be done without the knowledge or consent of the primary legal guardian.

How long does a father have to establish paternity in Missouri?

An acknowledgment or affidavit of paternity (AOP) can be signed at the hospital within 72 hours of the child's birth, or at the local health department. Both the mother and the father must sign the affidavit. Within 60 days of the signing the affidavit, however, anyone who is entitled to file a paternity case can file a case and ask for genetic testing.

Support Order Establishment

Child and medical support orders can be established through the Child Support Enforcement (CSE) office. Download Forms (scrolls to forms).

State Child Support Orders

While orders will not change once they are established, some steps can be taken to modify them. This usually involves the court.

Can the support be modified?

Yes, it can be modified.

You can modify the support in the state every three years.

How do I file for a modification of child support?

A written request for a review of your support order must be submitted to the following address: Family Support Division, P.O. Box 6790 Jefferson City, Missouri, 65102-6790

Can a support order appealed?

Grounds for a modification of an order include a material or substantial change in the circumstances of a child or parent.

Do you need a lawyer to modify the support?

Legal representation is recommended when attempting to modify a support order.

Child Support Enforcement

How long does the child support enforcement take?

This can depend on whether or not a non-custodial parent needs to be located and if paternity needs to be established..

What to do when the support is not paid?

Your caseworker should be notified.

What Happens if I’m not paying Child support?

You will face a variety of actions as enforcement representatives attempt to collect unpaid funds. Missouri will also work with other states to collect support when a non-custodial parent lives outside of Missouri. Here are some of the methods that can be legally used to collect unpaid support:

  • Withholding income

  • Intercepting tax refunds

  • Ordering an employer to enroll a child in a healthcare plan

  • Reporting parents to credit bureaus

  • Filing liens on property

  • Intercepting lottery winnings

  • Suspending licenses

  • Seeking civil contempt or criminal charges

How much overdue child support payment can be considered a felony?

Payments that are overdue by two years or that exceed $10,000..

Can the support debt be forgiven?

Missouri does not forgive the support debts.

Support Order Termination

How do I stop a child support order?

This must be done through the Missouri court.

When Can I Apply for Child Support Termination?

A support obligation traditionally only ends once a child reaches the legal age when support stops. However, it is possible to apply for an abatement if the child involved has resided in the non-custodial parent’s care for 30 days or more without any overnight visitations with the custodial parent or if the child has not provided college transcripts as required by Missouri law.

Can the custodial parent close a support case?

Missouri's Affidavit for Termination of Child Support can be used by either parent to terminate a case.

When Can I Stop Paying Child Support?

When a child reaches the appropriate legal age, becomes emancipated, joins the military, is married or experiences some other qualifying circumstance.

Support ends at the age of 18 in Missouri. However, support may continue until a child turns 21 if that child is enrolled in school. Courts in Missouri can order parents to continue to support a disabled adult child in some cases.

Missouri Hearing Rights

Both parents have hearing rights for matters related to establishing, modifying and enforcing orders in Missouri.

MO Child Support Guidelines

Missouri uses a schedule of basic child support obligations when determining monthly payment amounts. The minimum support payment in Missouri is set at $50 per month. The support amount increases based on adjusted gross income and the number of children involved.

Missouri Child Support Coverage

What is child support meant to cover?

Food, shelter, clothing, daycare, medical care and other essentials.

Does Child Support Cover Medical Care Expenses?

Yes, child support covers medical expenses.

What if Both Parents are working, will Child Support Cover child care services?

Yes, child support covers childcare services.

Are Car Maintenance Costs Covered by Child Support?

Travel costs associated with a child are generally covered under Missouri child support laws.

What is Considered Basic Entertainment for Missouri Child Support?

This usually includes Internet access and access to movies and television shows. It can also cover visits to museums and other attractions.

Are College and School expenses Covered by Child Support?

College costs may be covered until a child turns 21 in Missouri.

Yes, school-related costs are covered.

Are Extracurricular Activities covered by Support?

Yes, extracurricular activities are covered.

Missouri Child Support Offices

Institution name Physical address Email address Phone number Website
Missouri Department of Social Services 615 Howerton Court Jefferson City, MO AskCD@dss.mo.gov (855) 454-8037 https://dss.mo.gov/child-support/

County Child Support Offices in MO

County name Institution name Physical address Email address Phone number Website
Cape Girardeau County Cape Girardeau County, MO Cape Girardeau Child Support Office 471 Siemers Drive, Suite B, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701 N/A 1(573) 290-5720 https://dss.mo.gov/child-support/contact-child-support.htm
Pemiscot County Pemiscot County, MO Caruthersville Child Support Office 911 Highway 84 West, Caruthersville, MO 63830 N/A 1(573) 333-0040 https://dss.mo.gov/child-support/contact-child-support.htm
Jefferson County Jefferson County, MO Hillsboro Child Support Office 10325 Business 21, Suite 110, Hillsboro, MO 63050 N/A 1(636) 797-9840 https://dss.mo.gov/child-support/contact-child-support.htm
Cole County Cole County, MO Jefferson City Child Support Office 205 Jefferson St., 1st Floor, Jefferson City, MO 65101 N/A 1(573) 751-4224 https://dss.mo.gov/child-support/contact-child-support.htm
Jasper County Jasper County, MO Joplin Child Support Office 1110 E. 7th St., Suite 200 , Joplin, MO 64801 N/A 1(417) 629-3080 https://dss.mo.gov/child-support/contact-child-support.htm
Jackson County Jackson County, MO Kansas City Social Services - Child Support Office 324 E. 11th St., Suite 1100, Kansas City, MO 64106 N/A 1(816) 881-3171 https://dss.mo.gov/child-support/contact-child-support.htm
Jackson County Jackson County, MO Kansas City Child Support Office 615 E. 13th St., Kansas City, MO 64106 N/A 1(816) 889-3166 https://dss.mo.gov/child-support/contact-child-support.htm
Clay County Clay County, MO Liberty Child Support Office 11 South Water, Liberty, MO 64068 N/A 1(816) 736-8350 https://dss.mo.gov/child-support/contact-child-support.htm
Scotland County Scotland County, MO Memphis Child Support Office #1 Child Support Lane . Memphis, MO 63555 N/A 1(660) 465-7246 https://dss.mo.gov/child-support/contact-child-support.htm
Audrain County Audrain County, MO Mexico Child Support Office 101 N. Jefferson, Room 301, Mexico, MO 65265 N/A 1(573) 473-5870 https://dss.mo.gov/child-support/contact-child-support.htm
Montgomery County Montgomery County, MO Montgomery City Child Support Office 211 E. 3rd St, Room G , Montgomery City, MO 63361 N/A 1(573) 564-3212 https://dss.mo.gov/child-support/contact-child-support.htm
Phelps County Phelps County, MO Rolla Child Support Office 1111 Kingshighway, Suite D, Rolla, MO 65401 N/A 1(573) 368-2250 https://dss.mo.gov/child-support/contact-child-support.htm
Greene County Greene County, MO Springfield Child Support Office 1410 S. Kansas Expressway, Suite 100, Springfield, MO 65807 N/A 1(417) 895-6338 https://dss.mo.gov/child-support/contact-child-support.htm
Saint Charles County Saint Charles County, MO St. Charles Child Support Office 3737 Harry S Truman Blvd., Room 200, St. Charles, MO 63301 N/A 1(636) 940-3100 https://dss.mo.gov/child-support/contact-child-support.htm
Buchanan County Buchanan County, MO St. Joseph Child Support Office 310 N. 4th St., St. Joseph, MO 64501 N/A 1(816) 271-1492 https://dss.mo.gov/child-support/contact-child-support.htm
Saint Louis City Saint Louis City, MO St. Louis City Child Support Office 111 N. 7th St., Room 204, St. Louis, MO 63101 N/A 1(314) 340-7400 https://dss.mo.gov/child-support/contact-child-support.htm
Saint Louis County Saint Louis County, MO St. Louis (Florissant) Child Support Office 4040 Seven Hills Dr., Suite 141, Florissant, MO 63033 N/A 1(314) 475-7880 https://dss.mo.gov/child-support/contact-child-support.htm
Saint Louis County Saint Louis County, MO St. Louis Child Support Office 9900 Page Ave., St. Louis, MO 63132 N/A 1(314) 493-6700 https://dss.mo.gov/child-support/contact-child-support.htm
Johnson County Johnson County, MO Warrensburg Child Support Office 505 N. Ridgeview, Suite A, Warrensburg, MO 64093 N/A 1(660) 543-7962 https://dss.mo.gov/child-support/contact-child-support.htm
Howell County Howell County, MO West Plains Child Support Office 3417 Division Dr., Suite 3, West Plains, MO 65775 N/A 1(417) 257-2312 https://dss.mo.gov/child-support/contact-child-support.htm