All states and territories accept child support payments at their State Disbursement Unit (SDU) by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)/Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), the primary method of sending payments electronically. The EDI portion of the transmission includes identifying information so the payment can be properly credited to the payor’s case(s).
SDUs centralize the collection and disbursement of all child support payments withheld by employers as well as other types of payments.
Using EFT/EDI is well worth the initial effort. Employers that switch from sending paper checks to electronic payments will enjoy lower costs, fewer errors, and faster processing.
There are several ways to send a child support payment electronically:
There are standard record specifications for child support payments. NACHA (National Automated Clearing House Association) publishes the User Guide for Electronic Child Support Payments (PDF) to provide SDUs, employers, and their financial institutions with current formats, definitions, and implementation recommendations to remit child support payments and payment information electronically through the ACH network using current conventions and standards.
For more information, contact your state child support EFT representative or email Employer Services Team.
The following grid displays the format for the DED Child Support Addendum Segment for electronic child support payments (in the CCD+ format).
|Element||Comments||Content||Attribute 1*||Attribute 2*||Attribute 3*|
|DED05||Noncustodial Parent Social Security Number||XXXXXXXXX||M||AN||9/9|
|DED06||Medical Support Indicator||X||M||AN||1/1|
|DED07||Noncustodial Parent Name||XXXXXXXXXX||O||AN||1/10|
|DED09||Employment Termination Indicator||X||O||AN||1/1|