child support enforcement program in
is frequently referred to as the IV-D program as it
originates from Title IVD of the Social Security
Act. There are two main agencies that handle child
support in Missouri: the Family Support Division of
the Missouri Department of Social Services (FSD) and
County Prosecutors’ Offices across the state.
is the agency that initially handles all the cases.
If they can adequately resolve the matter the case
remains with that agency. If they cannot adequately
resolve the issue they refer the case to the
appropriate Prosecuting Attorney's Office. (Note: To
open a child support case, contact FSD at
does not have authority to act until FSD makes a
should be aware that the Cass County Prosecutor’s
Office represents the State of Missouri and that we are not your attorney.
By pursuing the case, our client is the State
Missouri, whose interests
may not always coincide with your desires.
It is a statutory requirement given to us by
the State of
Once a paternity action is referred to the Cass
County Prosecutor, a Petition for Declaration of
Paternity is filed with the court. Genetic testing
of the parties is performed to determine if the
named party is the father of the child. If the
results of the genetic testing establishes that an
alleged father has a probability of being the Father
then a hearing is held to obtain a Judgment/Court
Order establishing paternity and an attempt will be
made to establish a child support and medical
support order for the support of the child. The
amount of time required to establish paternity can
vary depending on several factors.
Visitation and Custody: The
Cass County Prosecutor's Office DOES NOT have the
authority to litigate visitation or custody issues.
You need to seek the representation of a private
attorney if you have these issues.
If you feel
the custodial parent has denied you your visitation
rights and you want to stop paying your child
support, you still are under a duty to pay your
court ordered child support until the court modifies
that ordered amount. If you have any questions
regarding custody, visitation or modification of
your child support order, you need to seek the
representation of a private attorney.
Child Support Division Phone Number: