The law has required for some time that each party a custody proceeding to provide information as to the child’s residence over the last five years.  Effective August 28, 2022, any person who knowingly, purposefully or intentionally fails to give accurate, full and complete information is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor and “shall” be reported to the local prosecuting or circuit attorney.

The punishment for a Class A misdemeanor is up to one year in jail and a $2,000 fine. In larger counties, such charges are extremely unlikely to be brought, but it is probably best not to take the chance.

Common sense would dictate that the custodial parent who is part of the Missouri Safe at Home program whose address is confidential would be exempted from this law.