If you have minor children and are going through a divorce or paternity matter in Florida, then someone is likely going to have to pay child support to the other parent. Child support by default is paid through the Central Governmental Depository and State Disbursement Unit, which is a system for the courts to ensure that child support is being paid.
Usually, a judge will sign an Income Withholding Order that is sent to the payor’s employer. The employer will automatically deduct the child support from the payor’s paycheck, and then send the payment to the State Disbursement Unit (“SDU”). The SDU makes a record of the payment, and then sends the child support payment via debit card to the payee.
But, if you are receiving child support in Florida, you can choose to get it via direct deposit.
The Florida Department of Revenue provides the following instructions for receiving child support via direct deposit.
1. Print the Direct Deposit Form.
2. Fill in the form, sign, and date it.
3. Mail it to State of Florida Disbursement Unit, PO Box 8510, Tallahassee, FL 32314.
By the way, if you are still in your paternity or divorce case, make sure to ask your attorney about whether the collaborative process is right for you.