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What are my options for receiving child support payments?

In the state of Nevada, child support recipients have two options for receiving their child support money from the other parent of their children. Those options are to have the money deposited directly into your personal bank account or to have it credited to a Nevada debit card in your name.

With the first option, your child support money will go directly into your checking account by way of direct deposit each month. You can then withdraw the money when you wish, and use the cash to pay for your children's expenses, or save it in the account for future expenses that could arise.

With the second option, your child support money will be transferred into your Nevada debit card account. This debit card, which bears a Visa logo, can be used just like any other debit card or credit card where Visa is accepted as a means of payment. It's important for parents to remember that the Nevada debit card is not the same as a credit card. When you use the debit card, you will be depleting your account and spending your child support money.

These options are much better than receiving your child support money by way of a check because the money will be accessible to you immediately. With checks, child support recipients needed to wait for the mail and then go to the bank to cash the check.

The only delays that could be experienced with the current system relate to a paying parent who is delinquent with his or her child support payments. If the other parent of your children fails to pay your child support money on time, you can employ various legal strategies to try and get the money you're owed.

Source: Division of Welfare and Supportive Services, "Payment Frequently Asked Questions," accessed Aug. 1, 2017

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