How to collect child support
After you get a child support court order, the other parent must start making child support payments. The court order will include a date that payments should start. If the other parent does not pay support, there are steps you can take to collect the support you're owed.
Need help collecting child support?
Your Local Child Support Agency (LCSA) can help enforce a child support order.
How you get the support payments
Often payments come directly from the parent's pay
Whenever a judge orders someone to pay child support, they usually also sign an Income Withholding Order (form FL-195). This order tells the parent's employer to take the support payments out of their pay. The employer then sends the money to the State Disbursement Unit (SDU) who then sends it to you.
You can agree to get support payments directly from the parent
Some people agree to this if the other parent has a history of making payments on time and having their employer pay will cause them hardship. If the Local Child Support Agency (LCSA) is part of your case, then someone from that agency will need to agree as well. The judge will need to sign the agreement to make it part of the order.
If you agree to get payments directly from the parent, you can ask for an Income Withholding Order to be put on hold (stayed). Then, if the other parent ever stops paying support to you, you can ask the judge to end the stay of the order. This means you can have it sent to the employer so they can start to take the support out of their paycheck.