When a parent misses a court-ordered payment of support for a child, there are certain actions that may be taken by the other parent and by the state. While most non-custodial parents strive to make child support payments when those payments are due, any parent in Missouri in danger of falling behind may benefit by gaining an understanding of the available options to avoid potentially negative legal consequences. One state has recently decided to enact harsh consequences when a parent is significantly behind in support payments to the other parent.
While every state has laws in place to restrict, suspend or revoke a driver's license when back due payments accumulate, one state will make it impossible for parents who owe at least six months of child support to register a car. This new measure will take effect in the fall. It will only affect parents who are six months behind in child support.