I pay child support for one child who graduated from high school in the spring of 2017. He turned 19 on September 2 and moved from Missouri to Montana where he is working. I do not live in Missouri, either, but my child support Order is there. Child-support is automatically taken out of my checking account by the Missouri child support enforcement. I need to know what I have to do to stop child support. Do I need to go to Missouri in person in order to do that?
You will likely either have to come to Missouri, or hire a Missouri attorney, to resolve this matter. If you come to Missouri, you should go to the clerk's office in the courthouse of the county where the original child support order was entered. They should be able to provide you with a form affidavit to file stating that your child is emancipated (i.e. over 18, out of high school, not in a post-secondary educational program, etc.). That form will require your child's mother's signature, among other necessary information. You may be able to call the court and have them provide that form to you on line. When you speak with them, ask how the matter will need to be handled if the mother will not agree that the child is emancipated. If you cannot take care of it yourself, then please schedule a consultation with an experienced family law attorney who regularly practices in the county where the original child support judgment was entered, to resolve this matter for you.
The specific facts are different in each individual case, my response is provided for general, informational purposes only and should not be construed as specific advice directed to any individual person. Since I have not had the opportunity to review all the specific facts and any supporting or explanatory documents in this matter, this general opinion should not be relied upon in your specific case. This communication is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship with any specific person and should not be construed to create an attorney-client relationship by any individual.
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