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Learn the best ways to pay support to avoid trouble

Child support is more than just a payment from one parent to cover the cost of raising a child. It is an obligation that helps guarantee financial, medical and emotional support for children.

The Department of Children and Family Services handles child support issues such as enforcing and establishing orders, collecting payments and distributing child support payments when necessary.

What are acceptable ways to pay for child support in Louisiana?

A few acceptable ways to pay for child support through the Department of Children and Family Services include by:

  • Cashier's check
  • Money order
  • MoneyGram
  • Expert Pay

Should you pay for child support in cash or directly to the other parent?

Be cautious if you are planning to pay for child support in cash or directly to the other parent. You want to make sure that you have evidence of making payments on time and in full. Cash is very easy to hide and difficult to track. You may want to consider paying with a check if you'll be giving money to the other parent directly so that you have a record. Make sure the check states that it is for a child support payment.

Your attorney can give you more information on how to pay child support if it is ordered. Make sure that you always pay in accordance with your support order so that you don't violate the order and end up back in court. You can always seek a modification if your circumstances change or if there is a reason that you'd like to alter the amount you pay.

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