MDHHS announces new service to pay child support at retailers

LANSING – Children and families can benefit from a new service making child support payments more convenient.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and its Michigan State Disbursement Unit, the state’s centralized payment processing center for collecting and distributing support payments, have launched a partnership with electronic payment provider PayNearMe allowing parents to make payments with cash at more than 550 Michigan and 17,000 nationwide participating 7-Eleven and Family Dollar stores.

“Michigan is committed to offering child support customers a variety of convenient options to make their payments. We are continually adding innovative services that respond to customer preferences and needs,” said Erin Frisch, director of the Office of Child Support within MDHHS. “If we make this process more convenient, children will receive the support that they need and deserve more quickly.”

While a majority of payments made to MiSDU are made through employers on behalf of their employees, a significant number of non-custodial parents still pay on their own online, by phone or by mail using a credit card, check or money order.

Parents wishing to use the service can:

  • Visit and select the “Cash Payment” option.
  • Enter requested account information on the PayNearMe website.
  • Select whether they want the payment code sent to their phone or printed out.
  • Choose from the list of payment locations closest to them.
  • Visit the store and provide both the payment code and cash to the cashier.

Customers will have to pay a $1.99 fee for the service and PayNearMe payments can take up to three business days to post.

For more information about this and other payment options, or to make a payment online, visit