On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Paternity/Child Support on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. A recent study estimates that the cost of raising a child in the United States can exceed $230,000. Missouri parents probably have no trouble believing this number because the cost of living continues to rise and people worry about how to provide everything their child needs. In cases where a child’s parents maintain separate households, it is not unusual for a court to order child support payments. Child support payments are not meant as a punishment for a parent required to make these payments.