If you are a father and have questions about the child support system, you are in the right place. Good Dads has resources for you online and at our office. If you want guidance about your child support case or want to speak to our case manager, we encourage you to call our offices at 417-501-8867.
Please note: Child support rules and regulations vary from state to state, and even from county to county within the same state. While Good Dads strives to maintain accurate and updated resources on our website, we recommend you always consult with your local court and/or attorney for legal guidance.
About the Child Support System
When you’re a single dad, the child support system can feel confusing and unfair. It may feel like you’re being punished or penalized. Some dads can’t afford to pay their monthly child support. Sometimes arrears balances are so large that some men may never catch up.
Even if a Parent Paying Support (PPS) pays child support on time and in the full amount, the Parent Receiving Support (PRS) might still refuse to let PSS see their child. If there is an unfair refusal, there are court remedies for this. PPS might file a family access motion or a motion for contempt against PRS.
Even though we talk about child support and visitation a lot in the same conversations, it’s important to know the court system sees these as two separate issues.
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Calculating Child Support
the income shares model ▼
The percent of income model▼
Child Support Frequently Asked Questions
Why do we have a child support system at all?▼
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How is child support calculated?▼
What if we share custody?▼
what is the difference between physical custody and legal custody?▼
how is child support collected, and how is it received?▼
can the child support amount be changed?▼
what if the kids live with me now?▼
What if I have more than one kid/more than one case?▼
When does the child support order end?▼
what are arrears?▼
If i give money to the mother of my kids outside of DSS, does that still count? ▼
understanding your rights
You have the right to see your children.▼
You have the right to have parenting plans and visitations enforced.▼
You have the right to be involved in your child's education.▼
You have a right to important medical information about your child.▼
Navigating the child support system
- Communicate — do not ignore letters of calls from child support agencies
- Always pay something — Even if it's a very minimal amount that you can pay, don't ever pay nothing.
- Utilize support agencies — There are often free or low-cost options that can help you resolve child support issues.
- Maintain records — When you make payments, make sure they can be validated.
- Establish paternity — If the child isn't yours, you don't have to pay child support! In most cases, the judge will allow you to have a paternity test if you ask for one. You might have to pay for the test, though.
Good Dads trusted Resources
We encourage you to get in contact with Good Dads case manager, Lisa Strader.