If you owe child support as a non-custodial parent, or if you are getting a divorce and believe that you will have these obligations soon, it is important to understand the different ways you can make payments. Although many parents have support withheld by their employers, some have to find other ways to make child support payments, such as some parents who are self-employed or do not have a job.
In California, you can pay child support in various ways. In fact, you can even make payments online.
Reviewing online child support payment methods
California Child Support Services goes over different ways you can pay child support online. In order to create an account on the California State Disbursement Unit’s site, you have to provide personal details such as your Social Security Number, Participant ID and contact information. In fact, you can make child support payments online without creating an account, but you will not have the ability to see a record of past payments.
You can pay via credit card, debit card, checking account, savings account or even PayPal.
Important information about paying child support online
Although paying support online is often very convenient, you should note that the state’s system sometimes experiences difficulties. If you encounter an error message after making a payment, reach out to your credit card company to make sure the payment did not go through in order to avoid making a duplicate payment. Moreover, the state’s system does not work correctly if you do not allow cookies.
Paying child support online can make life easier and help you stay current, but you should make sure you understand these issues before making a payment.