Whether you ended your marriage years ago and you have to pay child support or you are preparing for these obligations during the divorce process, it is important to understand the different payment methods that you have. Reviewing these options can help you find the method that works best for you, which makes it easier to stay current on child support.
Moreover, you could have to find another way to pay support at some point in the future. For example, some parents lose their job and need to pay support using a new method.
Income withholding and child support payments
According to the State of Indiana, many parents pay child support through an income withholding order. For example, if you are an employee, your employer could take your child support payments directly out of your wages. For many parents, this is a convenient arrangement that helps ensure they make child support payments on time. That said, some non-custodial parents (such as self-employed workers) have to find another way to pay support.
Cash, credit card and other child support payment methods
If you cannot make child support payments through an income withholding order, you have a number of other options. For example, you can pay with cash at a number of retail locations across the state or at the County Clerk’s Office that issued your child support order.
You can use your credit card or debit card to pay online or over the phone, and you can also mail a check or money order to the state. When mailing a payment, make sure you include all of the necessary information correctly, along with a remittance form.