Large Employers Now Have to Send Delaware Child Support Payments Electronically

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With the signing of House Bill 81 by Governor John Carney, large employers in the state of Delaware now have to remit child support payments from employee’s paychecks and send them electronically to the Department of Health and Social Services.

The bill, sponsored by Representative David Bentz and Senator Bryan Townsend, both Democrats allows for the direct deposit of child support owed, collected and sent to DCSS by employers from individuals under a support order from the Family Court. The electronic payments also will get child support payments to custodial parents faster.

Governor Carney signed the legislation last week, which will go into effect in 90 days. Ted Mermigos, the Director of the Division of Child Support Services said “The employer community is one of the most important partners in helping support self-sufficiency of families in Delaware.”

The new law only applies to employers with 50 or more employees. Those with questions about the law are asked to contact a Child Support Specialist at (302) 867-5386.