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Child Support Services

State Disbursement Unit

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Custodial Parents    Non-Custodial Parents     Employers

Payments on your child support case are posted on the date received at California's centralized State Disbursement Unit (SDU).

California’s child support program has made some important changes that make it easier for families to get their support payments, and gives parents who pay support more payment options.

If you are a family receiving support payments or a parent making support payments, there are steps you can take to get the most out of the services the State Disbursement Unit provides.

What is the State Disbursement Unit (SDU)?

Federal law requires states to have a single entity responsible for collecting and processing child support payments. California has met this federal requirement by implementing the State Disbursement Unit (SDU).

The SDU helps families receiving support and parents who pay support.  Benefits include:

  • Web and phone access to information;
  • Immediate access to direct deposit services for families receiving support payments;
  • Families can get instant access to support dollars through electronic payment cards, similar to ATM cards, which can be used at ATM machines as well as retail outlets; and
  • Parents who make support payments can access accounts on-line, make payments using credit cards over a secure internet connection, and set up electronic payment transfers from a checking or savings account.
  • Employers can send income withholdings for their employees to the SDU by Electronic Funds Transfer.

    If you have additional questions, please contact us.