If you are getting divorced in the near future, or if you have already ended your marriage and owe child support as a non-custodial parent, it is essential to go over your options with respect to child support payments. Although most parents usually have these payments withheld from their paycheck automatically, some cannot depend on income withholding to cover their child support obligations. For example, if you run your own business, are self-employed or recently lost your job, you could have to find another way to stay caught up.
Some parents find that paying child support online is very convenient, but it is important to review a number of issues.
Electronic child support payments
The Division of Child Support Services provides information on how to make child support payments online in Georgia. If you pay using your credit card, it is important to understand that a 2.5% service fee applies. In addition, you can pay child support online using various e-wallet accounts.
After making a payment, you have to wait two to three days for it to apply to your account. If your payment exceeds $2,500, it could take ten calendar days for the state to process the payment.
Staying current on child support payments
For some parents, the ability to pay support online is very convenient. This could make it easier for you to fulfill your obligations and stay caught up, which is essential since unpaid child support can lead to harsh penalties. Make sure you pay close attention to processing times, fees and due dates when making online child support payments.