When Are Child Support Payments Due?

mens divorce lawyerQuestion:

My child support payments are due on the 1st and 15th of each month.

Is there a child support law that says my check must clear by those dates or just that the check must be in hand on those dates?


I am unable to give you legal advice on divorce. I can give general divorce help for men, though, my knowledge is based on Illinois divorce and child support laws where I am licensed to practice.

The typical procedure is that the child support payment is either withheld directly from the paying party’s paycheck or sent to the state to disburse to the recipient spouse. These payments typically coincide with the dates on which the party is paid by his employer.

If you mail your payments to the state or the funds are directly withheld from your paycheck, then there is no guarantee that your ex-wife will receive the funds by that specified date. So long as the funds are sent to the state on that date or withheld from your paycheck, you would be in compliance with the court order.

If you make payments directly to your ex-wife, you should make sure that you mail the payments on or before the 1st and 15th of each month, and that the checks will clear when they are mailed.

How Much Should You Be Paying?

Child Support Calculators

You should consult with a divorce attorney to review the specific language in your divorce decree regarding the date of your monthly payments, as well as any specific child support laws your state may have regarding child support payments.

Remember, I am unable to provide you with anything more than divorce tips for men, so please consult with a divorce lawyer in your jurisdiction.

To schedule an appointment with a Cordell & Cordell mens divorce attorney, including Belleville Divorce Lawyer Erin Brockhoff, please contact Cordell & Cordell.

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