If you are preparing to end your marriage or recently split up with your spouse, there are many legal topics to explore. If you have kids, you need to take a close look at the ins and outs of child support, from factors that impact the amount of support owed to the potential consequences that come with missing payments.
If you have to make support payments, you have a number of options. Many parents have their child support withheld from their earnings by their employers, but some (such as self-employed workers) make payments on their own.
How can you pay child support in Pennsylvania?
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, there are a number of ways you can make child support payments in this state. You should note that certain payment methods result in fees and try to figure out the most convenient method of paying support.
You can make online payments for free using your bank account (recurring or one-time) and you can also send a payment via check or money order to the state. You can use a debit or credit card to pay support, although this results in fees, and you can also use a third-party service to make payments.
How can you ensure you make child support payments on time?
It is important to understand that some payments can take up to four days to process. Moreover, make sure you include all necessary information (such as the non-custodial party’s name and your ID or SSN) when making payments through certain methods. If your financial circumstances change and you cannot pay support, look into modifying your child support order.