Pros and cons of different ways of paying child support

On Behalf of | Jan 25, 2023 | Family Law |

After a divorce in Indiana, you might have to pay child support. You can accomplish this in several different ways.

Each method has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. This article goes over some factors that might help you make the right decision.

By check or money order

According to information from the Indiana Department of Child Services, you can pay child support directly to the Indiana Central State Collection Unit. You can mail a personal check, money order or cashier’s check along with a child remittance form to a specific address set up by the courts.

You must also include specific identifying information with the payment. If you have more than one child support payment, you will need to send separate payments.

This payment method gives you some degree of control over when you send payment, but it can take longer. In cases with high-dollar payments, the payment might have to wait for processing for an additional 10 days to ensure funding of the check.

Credit card or cash or payroll deduction

You can make credit card payments online or by calling an 800 number. You will need to provide identifying information to make sure your payment goes to the right place. A credit card processing fee will apply, adding to the overall cost.

Hundreds of places throughout Indiana accept cash payments for child support. A special process lets you record payments on your mobile phone. A small fee applies to cash payments. Payroll deduction offers great convenience but is not available for the self-employed or unemployed.

Navigating the aftermath of a divorce takes some getting used to. Knowing your best options can help make things easier.