How are child support payments made

Federal regulations require the Child Support Division to open cases and establish accounts at the request of either parent. Support payments must be paid to the agency specified in the court order (usually the Jefferson County Clerk) for the other parent to receive credit. GENERALLY, NO CREDIT WILL BE GIVEN FOR PAYMENTS MADE TO THE CUSTODIAL PARENT OR IN-KIND PAYMENTS SUCH AS PURCHASE OF CLOTHING, SCHOOL SUPPLIES, RENT, ETC. Paying through the Clerk will ensure an accurate record of your payments. Payments should always clearly identify the case number and for whom the payment is made.

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1. Who is eligible for services from the child support division?
2. How can I apply for services?
3. Does the prosecuting attorney or the child support division also determine custody of the children and visitation rights, or settle visitation disputes?
4. Does the prosecuting attorney or the child support division also resolve property settlement matters?
5. Are the earnings of both parents considered in setting the amount of child support?
6. How are child support payments made
7. What if the parents of the child(ren) were never married to each other?
8. What is paternity and what does establishing paternity mean?
9. Why is establishing paternity important?
10. What are the benefits to the father of establishing paternity?
11. What if the father or mother is not 18?
12. How long after a child is born can paternity be established?
13. What does it mean to cooperate with the child support division?