Most often, a child support order is issued when a divorce involves minor children, although it can also be issued under certain circumstances. This order ensures that the child’s day-to-day living needs (food, shelter, clothing, education and healthcare) are taken care of.
If you have been directed to pay child support in Connecticut, you may be curious to know if you can make these payments in cash.
Can support be paid in cash?
Whether or not you can pay child support in cash is incumbent on a couple of things. First of all, you need to review the court order that directed you to make the payments. Depending on the circumstances of your case, the court may specify how the payments should be made. If the court expressly mentions a non-cash method, then you have to obey the court order to the letter.
If, however, the court does not specify a payment method, then you and your co-parent can agree on what will be convenient for both parties. And this may include cash payments.
What if you settle for cash payments?
Cash or direct payments may be fast and convenient. However, it is important that you take proactive steps to keep your payment records. Here are two things you need to do when paying child support in cash:
- Document each payment (be sure to write down the amount as well as the date the payment was made).
- Clearly communicate the payments to your co-parent in writing
Whether or not you can pay child support in cash entirely depends on the circumstances of your case. Learning more about Connecticut child support laws can help you protect your rights and interests when fulfilling your child support obligation.