If you recently ended your marriage or currently find yourself in the middle of a divorce, it is important to understand how various divorce issues could affect you. For example, if you have kids, you might have to pay child support. If you have never paid child support before and expect to owe support soon, it is essential to familiarize yourself with how the process of paying support works.
You should also remember that failure to pay child support can lead to serious consequences, such as losing your passport privileges, spending time in jail and facing driver’s license suspension, to name a few.
Child support payment methods in Texas
Many parents pay child support through income withholding orders, which involves their employers taking support out of their checks. However, some parents have to find other ways to pay support before an income withholding order begins, or because they lost their job or make a living through self-employment.
The Attorney General of Texas reports that non-custodial parents can pay child support by mailing a money order or check, using their credit card or debit card, paying with cash at kiosks around the state or via bank auto draft.
Important child support payment considerations
When finding the best payment option, you need to think about potential fees (such as convenience fees) as well as processing times. For example, it can take seven business days for a credit card payment made online to post, so make sure you pay in advance and allow enough time for processing.
Finding the most efficient child support payment method can make it easier for you to pay what you owe and avoid becoming delinquent.