If you owe child support, you can make payments in different ways. If support is not withheld from your income, you could have to find another way to make payments. For example, you can send payments through the mail, pay in person or even pay online.
Paying child support online offers a number of advantages, but there are various issues you need to realize, such as fees and processing times.
Different ways to pay child support online
According to New York State’s official website, there are two different platforms you can use to pay child support online. Depending on the one you choose, you can pay support via credit card, debit card, PayPal or your bank account. Regardless of how you decide to pay child support, make sure you avoid falling behind. Missing payments can lead to harsh penalties, such as the threat of arrest, the loss of your license and a shattered reputation.
Processing times and fees with online child support payments
When it comes to processing times, the amount of time it takes for the state to process your child support payment depends on the method you choose. An online payment made via credit card on one platform could take one day to process, while it could take up to five days to process a credit card payment on another platform. Moreover, fees vary, and some payment methods incur a 2.95% transaction fee or a flat fee of $7.99.
It is essential to realize that fees do not apply to your child support balance and make sure that you pay early enough for the state to process your payment.