Accounting for Child Support Payments
The collection and disbursement of child support payments is the responsibility of the Division of the Child Support Enforcement.
Payments can be paid and received in various forms including checks, money orders, and electronic fund transfers paid directly by the non-custodial parent (NCP). Payments can also be received through an income withholding order (IWO) collected by the employer from the non-custodial parents' (NCP) pay check and sent to the Division separately, or batched together, with other employees support payments.
Payments may also be received through a variety of enforcement methods. Enforcement payments are received by check or electronic funds transfer from various government agencies, private sources, insurance companies, and financial institutions and are credited to the individual accounts.
PAYMENT ADDRESSES: Regularly scheduled child support payments must be made by check or money order only. All child support payments must be mailed to the appropriate PO Box listed below.
- Employers and Other State's IV-D Agencies Payments: DCSE, P.O. Box 12287, Wilmington, DE 19850
- Non-Custodial Parent/Obligor Payments: DCSE, P.O. Box 12831, Wilmington, DE 19850
- Other Special Payments: DCSE, P.O. Box 12811, Wilmington, DE 19850
When payments are received in the Division, they are recorded, credited to the appropriate account, and a disbursement is made to the custodial parent within two (2) business days, either by check or direct deposit to their designated bank account.
Payments to the custodial parents are dependent upon a variety of factors. DCSE distributes payments using an automated system developed to comply with the Personal Responsibility Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA).Federal regulations direct how child support agencies distribute money collected for child support payment. Federal regulations also provide that support due is based on a monthly calculation.
The money is first distributed to satisfy the amount of current support due for the month based on the court order. Once the full monthly calculated amount of current support is paid, any payments received within that month are distributed to satisfy any monthly calculated past-due (arrears) payment owed to the custodial parent.
In appropriate cases, once both current support and custodial arrears payments for the month are received, any additional payments received within the month are distributed to satisfy any arrears payment assigned to the State for repayment of previously received public assistance. If the case was ever a TANF case, custodial arrears are paid dependent upon how they were assigned.
In those cases where support payments are received from a non-custodial parent (NCP who is responsible to make payments for more than one family, the payments are split among the cases for these families. The payments will be pro-rated based on a ratio of each individual family's monthly court order, divided by the total amount ordered for all child support cases associated with this NCP within the State of Delaware. Distribution of payments is made first to satisfy all current support due for that month for all cases prior to distribution of any arrears payments.