When a person in Missouri has a child, he or she has many obligations to that child. One of these obligations is financial support, which helps to maintain the child's emotional and physical well-being. A person who fails to fulfil their financial obligation for the benefit of their child can face serious consequences. In some cases, a person can end up facing criminal charges related to missing court-ordered child support payments. For example, in one recent out-of-state case, a man was ordered not to have any more children as part of his probation.
The man pleaded guilty to criminal charges related to failure to pay approximately $100,000 in child support to his four children. In Jan. 2013, a judge ordered that he could not have any more children as part of his probation. If he pays what he is owed, the order will be lifted. A similar ruling by a different judge was overruled in 2004 because it did not include a provision to lift the procreation order.