Parents Who Owe Child Support

Children thrive when both parents are responsible and active in their lives. Since children don’t come with an instruction book, sometimes it is helpful to look for outside resources to become the best parent you can be for your child. Whether you are just seeking information or are looking for help in overcoming challenges you may be having, there are resources to help.

The Department of Social Services has partnered with fatherhood programs across the state to help address challenges parents may have when they don’t have custody of their child. The fatherhood program is available to both moms and dads. These programs focus on parenting, overcoming barriers to paying child support, mediation skills and life skills designed to enhance the relationship between parent and child.


Impact to Customers Paying Support

  • You will receive notification when your case converts to the new system.
  • When your case moves to the new system, if you are not paying through income withholding, you must send payments to a new central unit, called the State Disbursement Unit (SDU). We will send you instructions for making payments to the SDU as soon as your case moves to the new system.
  • You will have additional payment options, including credit card and MoneyGram. MoneyGram is available at local businesses such as Wal-Mart and CVS. We will send you additional information on those options as soon as your case moves to the new system. 
  • If you are paying through income withholding, your employer will continue to send payments to the Clerk of Court for now.
  • We will instruct employers when they need to begin sending payments to the SDU. Do not ask your employer to redirect your payments to the SDU.



Here are other resources available through the Department of Social Services and our partners:

Non-Custodial Parents Links and Resources

Do you have a complaint regarding services being provided to a child by a state agency? Please submit your complaint by phone (1-800-206-1957) or an electronic submission form here with the South Carolina Department of Children's Advocacy.