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Making your first child support payments

On Behalf of | Mar 17, 2022 | Divorce

If you are thinking about getting a divorce and you have young kids, you need to focus on many different issues. In addition to your child’s well-being and child custody, you likely need to think about child support. If you expect to owe support, it is vital to familiarize yourself with the process of calculating child support and prepare for your future obligations.

When it comes to paying child support, some parents have important questions about getting started. For example, you should understand how you can pay support as well as the importance of paying on time.

Income withholding orders and child support payments

According to California’s Child Support Services, there are a number of ways that parents can make child support payments. In many instances, parents have child support withheld from their wages by their employer. Income withholding is convenient for many non-custodial parents who owe support, but these orders do not always take effect right away (meaning parents have to pay support another way). Moreover, some parents do not have jobs that withhold child support from their wages.

Other ways to pay child support

Whether your income withholding order does not take effect immediately or you are a business owner who needs to pay support using another method, you have various options. For example, you can mail a money order or check, pay with your credit card, pay with cash or have payments taken from your bank account.

Make sure you review processing times and possible fees, depending on the method you select. Furthermore, make sure you fulfill your child support obligations in order to avoid serious penalties.