The Greene County Prosecutor's Office Child Support Unit is the host county for the Springfield Regional Child Support Office (RCSO). The Springfield RCSO provides judicial services for the Missouri Family Support Division for the counties of Greene, Christian and Taney. As the regional office, the Child Support Unit works in conjunction with each county prosecutor to hold non-custodial parents in all three counties responsible for paying child support. The Child Support Unit prosecutes five types of cases:
- The establishment of paternity for children who are born out of wedlock and the establishment of a child support order for the support of that child;
- The enforcement of existing child support orders;
- The modification of certain child support orders in Greene County;
- Initiating and responding to cases from other states pursuant to the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act;
- And other requests made by the State of Missouri Family Support Division (FSD).
To learn more information about child support enforcement, click here.
The Child Support Unit attorneys are:
Lara Fors, First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
Lara currently serves as the First Assistant in the Child Support Unit of the Greene County
Prosecuting Attorney's Office in Springfield, MO when she rejoined the office in July 2011. Between
serving in Greene County, Lara served as Deputy Director of the Missouri Family Support
Division--Child Support Enforcement from January 2010 through June 2011. She has also served as
an assistant prosecuting attorney for the Missouri counties of Jackson in Kansas City from June
1994-July 1998 and Greene in Springfield from February 1999-January 2010. She is a current member
of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of ERICSA. She served on the Board of Directors
of the Missouri Child Support Enforcement Association from 2003-2004 and again 2006-2008, serving
as President in 2007.
Lara received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, Business Administration and German from Central Methodist College, now Central Methodist University, Fayette, Missouri, in 1992, and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1995. She is a member of both the Missouri and Kansas state Bars.
Lynn Howerton, Senior Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
Lynn joined the Greene County Prosecutor's Office in 2002. She received her law degree in 1993 from Texas Southern Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston, Texas. After graduating law school, Lynn was an assistant district attorney for Hidalgo County, Texas for five years before returning to Missouri.
Jonathan Osborne, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
Jonathan joined the Greene County Prosecutor's Office in February 2005. He is originally from Connecticut, where he received a B.A. in History and a Minor in Justice and Law Administration from Western Connecticut State University, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Jonathan moved to Missouri where he attended and graduated from the St. Louis University School of Law in 2004. After being licensed to practice law in Missouri, he worked in private practice.
Brian Neal, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
Brian joined the Greene County Prosecutor's Office in January 2007, and is from Springfield, Missouri. He received a B.A. in History from Missouri State University in Springfield, graduating Summa Cum Laude. Brian graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law in 2006.
Erin Stubblefield, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
Erin joined the Greene County Prosecutor's Office in January 2008. She received her undergraduate and master's degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia, majoring in Accounting. Erin graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law in 2007.