If you live in Missouri there is a bill in the house that will reduce the child support age from 21 to 18 or finish high school. Same way most other states are. Please email the Rep and Senators and ask them to support HB984.
And please spread the word.
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As a divorced father, I understand my job to financially support my two children. I have my child support automatically withdrawn from my checking so I am never late and my children never have to go without. However, in the state of Missouri, I am required to continue to pay child support for both my children till the age of 21 years old, as long as they continue in school. Most of the states stop child support at the age of 18 or after they have graduated high school. I do not understand why the state of Missouri has pushed the age all the way back to 21. Once a child turns 18 they are old enough to make their own decisions, to work, to go to school and/or to join the military. Why would a parent be required to continue to pay for a child that chooses to go to college? This should be a choice for a parent not a requirement. If I would of stayed in an unhappy marriage and my kids turned 18, I would not have to pay for their college, but because I choose to get a divorce, now I am required to continue to financially support them. This is absolutely hypocritical and takes away my choice as a parent.
This law is hurting fathers and/or mother’s to continue to have to pay child support till the age of 21. This law put parents in a terrible position. We are not able to save for our own retirement or our future because we continue to have to pay for children over the age of 18 that are considered adults in every other part of the country. They can vote, fight for our country, get a job, go to school or choose whatever path they want to in life. We give our children the choices, so why not give the parents the choice. If I want to continue to support my child after the age 18 that should be my choice and not the state’s choice.
We need to follow suit of other states and have the child support age end at age 18. We need to respect that once a child hits 18 we are classifying them as an adult. We need to put the decision back into the parent’s hands to decide if they want to continue to support their children when they are in higher education. And we need to realize after paying years and years of child support, a parent has to start looking towards saving for their future and allow their child to start supporting themselves.
I ask that you please reconsider the child support age to be back to 18 when a child actually becomes an adult. Continuing to pay till a child is 21 is almost paying welfare to the child.
There is a bill waiting to be voted on by Representative Jim Neely HB984. Please support this.