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In what ways can a parent in Minnesota pay child support?

When two parents in Minnesota are no longer in a relationship with each other, one of them will usually be required to pay child support. Once ordered to pay child support, Minnesota parents have a number of options in which child support can be paid.

First of all, no matter how you decide to pay child support, it is important that these payments are received by the Minnesota Child Support Payment Center, which will then disperse the payments to the custodial parent. If the noncustodial parent tries to pay child support directly to the custodial parent, the noncustodial parent may not get credit for the payment.

When it comes to paying child support, most payments are made through income withholding. This means that the child support will be taken directly out of the paying parent's paycheck. Another option for paying child support is to set up an automatic withdrawal from your bank account. In addition, parents can go online to make payments using the Minnesota Child Support Online website. This website takes payments from the paying parent's bank account.

Finally, parents can use the U.S. Postal Service to make a child support payment, either by a personal check, a money order or a cashier's check. If paying by mail, in order for the paying parent to get credit for the payment and so that the payment goes to the right individual, the paying parent needs to have his or her name on the check or money order. In addition, the paying parent should include at least one number on the check or money order, for example, the child support case number, the paying parent's Social Security number or the paying parent's participant number. Paying parents should not mail cash in order to pay child support.

As this shows, parents paying child support have a number of options in which to do so. Whatever option they chose, what is important is that child support payments are received on time and in full. The failure to make full and timely payments not only affect the custodial parent's ability to provide the child with a good life, but can also result in legal penalties to the paying parent. Parents with questions on how to pay child support or what happens if payments are missed may want to work with an attorney.

Source: Minnesota Department of Human Services, "Payment information," accessed Aug. 1, 2016

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