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How payments are received.
| If you have a checking or savings account, you may arrange to receive child support payments by Direct Deposit. |
Direct Deposit is FREE, FAST, SECURE and CONVENIENT.
All child support payments are disbursed via Direct Deposit or the Pennsylvania EPPICard.
To sign up for Direct Deposit
If you do not sign up for Direct Deposit, you will automatically receive the EPPICard. EPPICard is a debit card accepted everywhere MasterCard is accepted. There is a minimal transaction fee for ATM cash withdrawals and balance inquiries. It is not a credit card. Funds are only available if support is paid.
The United States Congress passed a law effective July 28, 2008 which requires a $25.00 annual fee each year for certain child support cases. This yearly fee is collected to cover some of the Federal Government's costs of providing child support enforcement services.
In Pennsylvania, this fee will only be deducted from the custodial parent after $2,000.00 of child support is collected in a year from the non-custodial parent and the custodial parent has never received cash assistance.
|Use EPPICard at point of sale devices, cash withdrawals at ATMs, retail and grocery stores, restaurants, gas stations, retail outlets, medical service locations, pharmacies, and other locations worldwide. |
|Child support does not automatically stop when a child is emancipated (reaches 18 and graduates high school); a petition must be filed. |
Child support may continue beyond emancipation if there are extraordinary circumstances.