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How PACSES Distributes Support Collections

The key to understanding the amounts shown on your support check is learning how PACSES distributes support collections.

The basics:

  • If the payor has more than one support case, PACSES automatically distributes collections among them.   For example, if the payor owes child support on more than one PACSES support case, PACSES will automatically distribute support collections to each of them.
  • PACSES distributes collections - called receipts - to the payor's debts using a "distribution hierarchy" after it identifies the receipts as collections for a specific month.  Click here to learn more about the "Distribution Hierarchy."
  • Examples of a PACSES "debt" include the following: a regular charging support order, a regular amount the payor is ordered to pay on arrears, genetic test fees, a collection fee, or a court cost.
  • The "distribution hierarchy" ranks the debts for payment.  It assigns debts various levels of importance, and insures that more important debts are paid first.  For example, a month's receipts must pay the entire month's support order debt before any excess receipts for the month are applied to lesser debts, such as fees.

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