When the marriage is over and divorce is underway, you are definitely in the midst of making important decisions. One of these decisions is how the children’s needs will be met. Most often, the non-custodial parent will make child support payments to the custodial parent to ensure that the kids’ needs are met.
But how exactly should you pay child support? Should you pay child support in cash? Ideally, it is in your best interest that you review the terms of your child support order (or arrangement if you are yet to obtain an order) in order to safeguard your rights should the need arise.
Paying child support in cash
The first step in determining whether or not you can make your child support payments in cash involves reviewing the existing order. Most often, the child support order will specify when and how you should make the payments. If the order expressly states the date of the month and well as how you will be expected to make the payments, then you need to follow that order.
While making direct cash payments to the custodian parent may seem convenient and easy, it is important to understand that this payment option may not accord to you any oversight. Eventually, this could lead to disputes regarding whether you made the payments or not.
Keeping records can make a difference
If you opt to pay child support in cash, it is in your best interest that you keep a record of every payment made. A comprehensive and organized record can serve as important evidence should a dispute arise regarding child support.
Every parent has a duty to provide for their minor children regardless of the nature of the relationship. Find out how you can safeguard your rights and interests while making your child support obligations.