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Making child support payments in Arkansas

On Behalf of | Sep 7, 2021 | Family Law |

If you recently got a divorce and have a child support order, it is vital to make sure that you pay support on time. Moreover, make sure you understand different payment methods and make your payments properly.

If you fail to make a payment correctly, it is possible that the state will not credit you for the payment.

Reviewing different child support payment methods

In addition to income withholding and online payments, parents can also make payments via mail or a money transfer service. According to the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, a majority of parents have child support withheld by employers. However, if your employer fails to withhold and pay your support properly, you become responsible for paying support. Moreover, some parents cannot have support withheld by their employer, such as self-employed individuals.

You can set up an account and pay support online with an eCheck or your credit card. Or, you could pay support at various retail locations using a money transfer service. Some parents also pay support by mailing a check or money order to the state.

Other factors to consider regarding child support payments

Make sure you include your case number on all child support payments, regardless of the payment method you choose. Moreover, you should also bear in mind that some parents are responsible for paying fees in addition to support.

Failing to pay support properly can result in harsh repercussions, whether you lose your license, your passport or your good reputation. Some parents even have to spend time behind bars over missing child support payments.