Paying your child support should not be a difficult process. That is why Tennessee makes sure that you have a few different options for how to make your payments. Having choices can ensure that it is not a hardship just to make a payment. The Department of Human Services explains that if you do not have an income withholding order that will take payments directly from your paycheck, then you have some other ways to pay.
You can always mail your check or money order to Tennessee Child support at the State Disbursement Unit. Keep in mind that you will need to ensure it arrives on time and that you include the right information to identify yourself and the case. You want to include your name, Social Security number and the docket and court ID number or the Tennessee Child Support Enforcement System case number. If you have a payment coupon from the DHS, you also need to include that. The unit will not process your support payment if you fail to include this information.
If you want to make a payment with a credit card, you can do that by phone or online. The online system allows you to set up recurring payments if you would like. It also connects right with your account to prevent processing delays and issues.
A final option is to use MoneyGram. You will need to do this in person at a MoneyGram location. You need to pay with cash. Make sure to bring enough to also cover the fee for the service. In addition, you will need your case number and a receive code that you can get from the DHS website. This information is for education and is not legal advice.