If you need to pay child support, it is imperative to stay current and understand all of your options. Aside from potentially modifying your child support order in the wake of major financial changes, it is important to have a clear understanding of other child support issues, such as your payment options.
In California, many parents who owe support have payments taken directly from their wages through an income withholding order. However, you might have to find another way to pay if you do not have a withholding order due to self-employment or you lose your job.
Different ways to pay child support
California Child Support Services provides information on your child support payment options. You can use your credit card, debit card, savings account or checking account to pay support online, over the phone or in person at a child support agency kiosk. However, you should note that credit card and debit card payments result in service fees.
You can also pay support using cash by visiting a child support agency or certain retail locations located around the state. However, if you pay at a retail location you should pay attention to processing times and convenience fees. Furthermore, you can mail a money order or check to the state.
Finding the right child support payment method
It is crucial to go over your options if you need to find a different way to pay support since this can make it easier for you to stay current. Make sure you weigh the advantages and possible drawbacks of each child support payment option and make payments on time to avoid serious penalties.