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The Child Support Unit of the Financial Services Section works to ensure Missouri’s children get the support they need from their parents. To provide relief for Missouri’s taxpayers, the Child Support Unit makes absent parents pay for the welfare benefits received by their children.

Since General Hawley took office:

  • The AGO obtained 822 judgments modifying child support orders for Missouri families.

  • The AGO obtained judgments ordering absent parents to reimburse taxpayers for $145,879.83 in welfare benefits.

  • The AGO obtained judgments preserving $263,056.39 in child support arrears due to the State of Missouri for reimbursement of welfare benefits.

  • The AGO collected $116,136.56 from employers whom failed to submit child support from parents’ paychecks.

  • The AGO successfully defended the Family Support Division against one father’s lawsuits contesting the Division’s authority to collect almost $100,000 in unpaid child support. Due to the AGO’s efforts, FSD collected $101,443.81 for the children of four mothers.

  • The AGO successfully defended the Family Support Division’s right to collect child support as ordered by the state where the parties divorced and where the Mother resides. Charles Covert v. FSD and Debra Covert, 2/28/17, ED 104205.