There are various reasons why you may need to review child support payment options. Whether you are getting a divorce and you expect to owe child support or you have made child support payments for many years but recently lost your job, it is vital to understand your options and familiarize yourself with the steps you need to take to pay support.
In Florida, there are different ways you can make child support payments. Regardless of the method you choose, make sure you stay current, especially since back child support can result in harsh repercussions.
Paying child support online
Many parents pay child support through income withholding. An income withholding order allows an employer to automatically keep part of a worker’s wages for child support. However, you may have to find another way to pay support, whether you do not have a job or your income withholding order will not take effect right away. According to the Florida Department of Revenue, you can pay child support online. You can make a payment with your credit card or an electronic check from your bank.
While electronic checks do not result in fees, credit card payments could lead to fees. Moreover, it can take between two to five business days for payments to process, depending on the method you choose.
Other child support payment options
You can also mail your child support payment to the state’s disbursement unit. If you decide to mail a payment, make sure you correctly provide all necessary information, such as names, the case number and the county that issued the child support order. Additionally, you can use money transfer services to pay child support using cash, but you should note that it can take as long as seven business days to process these payments.