Missouri child support case exposes flaws in procedure

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Paternity/Child Support on Thursday, January 17, 2019.

For many Missouri parents, raising children can often come with confusion and stress. Matters that may appear simple on paper, such as making or receiving child support payments, may actually be unclear and complicated. Recently, one father felt he had been wronged by the system and decided to fight back.

The man’s troubles began when his wages were garnished for child support he was unaware he was responsible for paying. The man claims he has lived in another state for nearly two decades and had not been properly informed that legal action had been taken against him prior to the garnishment. He also alleges that proper steps were not taken to establish paternity before his wages were garnished.

He felt that he should not have to pay filing fees, which he was unable to afford, to fight the perceived injustice. A judge agreed. The man must now prepare his argument as he brings a case against the parties responsible for the legal action against him.

In cases where a Missouri parent feels he or she has been taken advantage of or treated unjustly by authorities, seeking legal justice may seem a daunting task. Many people choose to bring an experienced attorney on board. An attorney can help a client explain how he or she has been wronged, and work toward a fair outcome in a court of law. In this case, the man is not trying to evade paying child support; he is merely asking the court to ensure that the proper steps are taken prior to the issuance of an order, to avoid making payments for which he may not be legally responsible.

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