Understanding your child support payment options in New Jersey

On Behalf of | Dec 6, 2022 | Family Law

If you have to pay child support, you should have a clear understanding of the various ways in which you can submit payments. While many parents have child support payments taken directly from their checks through income withholding, others have to find an alternative way to ensure that they fulfill their obligations.

In New Jersey, there are various ways in which you can pay support. Understanding these options could help you stay current by finding the most practical payment method.

How can you pay child support?

The New Jersey Department of Human Services goes over various ways in which you can pay child support in this state. You can use your bank account, credit card, debit card or PayPal account to make a payment online. Also, you have the option to pay at various retail locations across the state.

You can send a payment to the state via mail, and you can also pay in person at a local office.

Do child support payments incur fees?

When it comes to making child support payments, it is important to familiarize yourself with the pros and cons of certain payment methods. You can make online payments through various platforms, but you should go over the fees. Depending on the method you choose, you could pay a 2.75% fee, a 2.95% fee or a 3.5% fee. Other methods can charge a flat fee for each payment.

In addition, you should understand that processing times vary from one payment method to another. Some can take two to three business days to process, while other methods could take seven business days to go through. It is imperative to avoid falling behind on child support that you owe.

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