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Payment Information

Cash payments can be made using our Payment Application form and our secure lock box located outside of the Van Buren County Administration building. Please include all case information with the payment such as the case number, name of payer, name of payee and amount of payment per case. This lock box is checked daily.


How do I make a child support payment?


If you receive child support payments on a prepaid debit card, a new debit card will be coming soon. Please read:


Check or money order payments should be submitted to:

P.O. Box 30351
Lansing, MI 48909-7851
Your check or money order must include a Payment Coupon and the following:
    • Payor’s name;
    • Payor’s social security number;
    • Friend of the Court case number;
    • County code 80; and
    • FIPS code 26159.

Credit card payments can be made online or over-the-phone 24 hours a day 7 days a week through Government Payment Services. Government Payment Services accepts Discover, Visa, MasterCard, American Express and debit cards. The cardholder will be charged a convenience fee.

In order to process your payment, Government Payment Services will need:

    • Payer’s name;
    • Payer's date of birth;
    • Payer's social security number;
    • Friend of the Court case number;
    • Payee’s name;
    • Pay location code 1027

Payers are provided coupons by the MiSDU. If you have an order to pay support and you do not have an effective wage withholding order in place, you will receive coupons to be used when you pay your support. These coupons are printed and mailed by the MiSDU. If your coupon amount differs from your court ordered amount, pay the amount you are ordered to pay. Use these to make sure your payment is properly identified by the MiSDU.

The Friend of the Court only accepts cash payments, credit card payments, or cashier's checks in person at the Friend of the Court Office. Do not mail cash to the Friend of the Court Office or to the MiSDU under any circumstance. The Friend of the Court does NOT accept check or money order payments. Do not send any support payments by check or money order to the Friend of the Court Office.


Fees are $3.50 per month. A $21.00 fee ($3.50 x 6) is added to the accounts each January 1 and July 1.

Payment Processing:

Your child support checks, refunds, abatements, etc. are not processed at the Friend of the Court Office. The responsibility for processing payments and mailing payments is handled in Lansing, Michigan, by the Michigan State Disbursement Unit (MiSDU). If you receive mail from the MiSDU, please do not throw it away - it could be your child support payment, or an important notice from the State of Michigan or from the Friend of the Court Office.

Payment Distribution:

The MiSDU is required to follow federal regulations for allocating child support. This means that a payment made by a payer is applied proportionately to all of the payer’s Michigan child support cases. It also means that recipients of support may not always receive the court ordered amount of their support and may not always receive the same amount in their check. For more details on the distribution of support, please see the publication entitled Understanding Child Support Payment Distribution.


Michigan law requires all weekly support amounts be converted to monthly amounts. The formula established by the State Court Administrative Office is as follows: weekly amount X 4.35 = monthly amount. For more information, please see the publication entitled Facts about the Michigan Child Support Formula.