It is important to go over different child support payment methods, whether you are getting a divorce and want to learn more about how to make payments or you have paid support for years. Sometimes, circumstances change, and this could prompt you to find an alternative payment method.
For example, losing your job could affect your child support payments, not only in terms of the amount you owe (if you successfully modify the support order) but also with respect to how you pay.
Looking at your child support payment options
The North Carolina Judicial Branch reports that most parents have child support payments deducted from their paychecks automatically. However, this does not apply to all parents who owe support, and you might have to find another way to fulfill these obligations if you earn self-employment income or lose your job.
In North Carolina, you can also pay child support online with your bank account, debit card or credit card. You can set up an account by visiting North Carolina Child Support Services’ website. Furthermore, you can also call North Carolina Child Support Enforcement to make a payment over the phone.
Other considerations on child support payments
Paying child support with a credit card will result in a service fee, and you should make sure that you pay support in full regardless of the method you use. You can set up recurring payments every week or make a one-time payment on a monthly basis.
If you have difficulty paying child support because of significant financial changes, modifying your order could help you stay caught up. Make sure you take a close look at all of your options if you owe child support.