Whether you are approaching the end of your marriage or you have already finished the divorce process, it is important to take a close look at child support if you have to pay support as a non-custodial parent. Many parents have support automatically withheld by their employer, but some have to make payments on their own, such as those who are self-employed or workers who owe support before a withholding order takes effect.
In Texas, there are a number of ways you can pay child support.
Paying child support with a credit or debit card
The Attorney General of Texas states that parents can pay child support they owe with a credit card or debit card. You can find a number of approved kiosks to make card payments, or you can pay online or over the phone. If you decide to pay support with a card, it is important to take note of convenience fees and processing times. You will also need to provide information, such as your case number.
Other ways to pay child support
You can mail child support payments to the state via money order or check. If you choose to mail a payment, make sure you have the correct address and include details such as the names of each party, your cause number and your case number. You can also have payments automatically withdrawn from your bank account.
Regardless of the method you use to pay child support, it is vital to stay current. Moreover, if you struggle to make payments, review potential strategies to avoid falling behind, such as modifying your child support order.