If you are getting a divorce and you have kids, you need to take many different factors into consideration. If you expect to owe child support, or you already owe support through an existing court order, it is essential to make sure that you pay what you owe in full. Falling behind on child support can lead to harsh penalties, and some parents struggle to stay current due to job loss, medical crises and other challenges.
Aside from reviewing factors courts look at when calculating child support, you should take a close look at different payment methods.
Child support payment options in Texas
According to the Attorney General of Texas, you can pay child support in various ways. In fact, 80% of all child support payments in Texas come through withholding orders, which let employers automatically withhold payments from an employee’s wages. However, some parents need to find other ways to pay child support, such as those who do not have a job and self-employed workers.
Aside from withholding, parents can pay child support by mail, with their credit card or debit card, online and at payment kiosks across the state.
Child support payment considerations
When reviewing different child support payment options, you need to take various factors into consideration. For example, you should realize that certain payment methods result in longer processing times, in which case you should pay early enough to ensure that your payments go through on time. Make sure you carefully and correctly provide all necessary information and pay attention to fees associated with certain payment methods.