Deposits for Family Law Cases
- 1. Notwithstanding the above, and in furtherance of the purposes, goals and principles of the establishment of a Family Court for the 25th Judicial Circuit, the filing fee for all petitions for dissolution of marriage, legal separation, paternity and motions to modify shall be $150.00. The filing fee for a petition for adoption shall be $200.00.
- 2. With the establishment of a Family Court, collection of an additional $30.00 filing fee shall be collected pursuant to Section 487.170 RSMo. Each Circuit Clerk shall be responsible for collecting an additional $30.00 fee on all matters filed within the original jurisdiction of the Family Court as provided by Section 487.170 RSMo. The fee may be charged in juvenile proceedings under Chapter 211 RSMo. The fee may be assessed against the child, parent, or custodian of the child, in addition to other amounts authorized by law, in informal adjustments made under provisions of Section 211.081 and 311.083 RSMo., and in an order of disposition or treatment under provisions of Section 211.181 RSMo. Notwithstanding the above, the Circuit Clerk shall not be required to collect the additional $30.00 fee in Marriage Waiver or Change of Name cases.
- 3. All funds collected through the $30.00 filing fee for domestic cases shall be expended to provide enhanced services to parties in domestic cases. Disbursement shall be made under order of the Presiding Judge or under Circuit Rule adopted by the Court En Banc. Said funds shall not replace or reduce the current and ongoing responsibilities of the counties of the twenty-fifth circuit to provide funding for the courts as required by law.
- 4. Each Circuit Clerk shall pay all sums collected under Section 487.170 RSMo, monthly, into the Family Services Fund and report to the Presiding Judge the receipts and expenditures therein. This report shall be available for examination by all judges of the circuit.