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Instructions on Paying Court-Ordered Child Support

The amount of child support to be paid on a regular monthly basis is found in the court order. It is to your benefit to keep your court order, as well as the petition, and any other legal papers you may receive. You may read and review the documents in your file at any time by contacting the Clerk of the District Court office and giving them sufficient notice. The court order requires you to provide to the Clerk of the District Court: (1) your address, (2) social security number, (3) telephone number, and (4) the name of your employer. Notify the Clerk as soon as possible of any changes.

Where do I pay my child support payments?

Do not pay your child support directly to the recipient. The State's accounting method will NOT give you credit for payments made directly to the custodial parent. For more information on where and how to make your child support payments, visit the website of the Nebraska Child Support Payment Center.

When is my child support payment due?

Payments are due on the first day of each month. The payment is overdue and delinquent on the second day of each month and will be charged interest daily on the delinquent amount.

How can I arrange for a wage withholding?

You may arrange a wage withholding (like a payroll deduction) to ensure that your child support is automatically paid by your employer. With wage withholding, your child support is paid when due and on a regular basis. If you desire to execute a wage withholding (at no cost), contact the Lancaster County Attorney's office (441-8208) to obtain the necessary forms.

What if I move or leave the State of Nebraska?

If you move from the State of Nebraska, continue to make your payments to the Lancaster County Clerk of the District Court. If your address changes or you move from the State of Nebraska, notify the Clerk of your new address immediately. Always keep the court advised of your whereabouts.

What if I fail to pay my court-ordered child support?

The Nebraska Child Support Payment Center will notify the County Attorney's Office of any delinquent child support cases. The County Attorney may garnish your wages, obtain an administrative Wage Withholding Order, seize your assets, intercept your tax refund, or they may prosecute you for contempt of court for failing to obey the court's order. In addition, administrative procedures may begin to suspend your drivers, professional, or occupational licenses.

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