All support payments are centrally collected by the PA Statewide Collection & Disbursement Unit (PA SCDU). The Allegheny County Family Division does not collect and disburse support payments.
If your wages will be wage attached by your employer to pay your support obligation – your employer will be responsible for deducting and sending your support payments directly to PA SCDU. Until you see deductions from your paycheck, you must pay your full support amount directly to PA SCDU. If your full support amount is not remitted within 31 days after your order is entered, you may be subject to any of the following enforcement remedies:
- Initiation of a contempt proceeding
- An increased wage attachment until all arrears are paid in full
- A lien on any real property owned by you
- Seizure of monies from your bank account
- Credit Bureau reporting that will affect your credit rating
- Suspension of your driver’s license
To avoid being subjected to enforcement,
you must pay your full monthly support amount
within 30 days from the date of your Order.
If your wages are not going to be attached to pay your support – you will receive a billing statement and coupons to use each month. You must pay the amount listed on the coupon as it may include the agreed upon arrears payment when a balance exists. You should use the temporary coupons attached to make your first payment as soon as possible, to avoid the enforcement remedies above. You will need to decide how you will pay your support, using any of the below options.