When a parent has a difficult time meeting a child support obligation, that parent and child can suffer any number of adverse effects. When a parent is behind, unemployed or incarcerated, his or her ability to meet a child support obligation can be terribly compromised. Unfortunately, a parents in Missouri may have no idea what to do to catch up or what resources are available to help both the child and parent avoid the negative consequences of missed child support payments and increasing child support debt.
Some states are taking the approach of educating parents. Some parents have been unaware or confused as to why buying food or clothes for a child does not count as support. Others seem to be unsure of the steps to take if they lose a job or need a reduction in support. Classes and reminders sent through the mail have shown to be effective in helping parents understand the system, and the classes have seen an increase in attendance in one state.