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Child Support $25 Annual Fee
What is the $25 annual fee?
 A new law passed by the United States Congress requires a $25 annual fee each year for certain child support cases.  The law applies when at least $500 in child support payments is collected annually and the custodial parent has never received cash assistance.  The yearly fee is collected to cover some of the federal government's costs of providing child support enforcement services.  (Pub.L. 109-171; § 7310.)
 
 In Pennsylvania, the Department of Public Welfare will:
• Pay the fee for families with annual child support collections between $500 and $1,999.99, or
• Deduct the fee from the custodial parent after $2,000 of child support is collected in a year from the noncustodial parent.

(Act 2008-16; 23 Pa. C.S. § 4351(a.1).)
 
Pennsylvania will begin collecting the $25 annual fee July 26, 2008.
 
Who pays the yearly fee?
 The custodial parent pays the $25 yearly fee if at least $2,000 of child support is collected in a year.
 
How often must I pay the fee?
 As required by federal law, you must pay the fee once per year.
• For 2008, the fee will be collected by September 30, 2008.
• For 2009 and beyond, the fee will be collected once a year between October 1 to November 30 or March 1 to September 30.

In Pennsylvania, the fee is not collected in the months of December, January, and February.
 
What if I have more than one child support case in Pennsylvania?
 The fee is charged for each child support case when $2,000 or more is collected.
 
What if I receive cash assistance benefits after the fee has been deducted?
 The fee will never be collected from you again in Pennsylvania.
 
What if I have a child support case that opened in another state?
 Please contact that state about how the $25 fee is collected.
 
Who can I contact with questions about the fee in Pennsylvania?
 Please contact the Department of Public Welfare Bureau of Child Support Enforcement at 1-800-932-0211, Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:300 PM.
Pennsylvania Child Support Web site

www.childsupport.state.pa.us

This web site is available to you 24 hours per day, seven (7) days a week.
 
Logging into the web site:
If you are a first time user who has never registered at pachildsupport.com, you can register for access to the portal by entering a user name (you may select any user name you would like), social security number (SSN), Case ID, email address, and a personal "hint" question and answer.  After you have registered, you can log onto the portal web site by entering your user name and temporary password.  When you log in for the first time with your temporary password, you will be asked to choose your own password.  The personal "hint" question and answer will be used if you forget your password.
 
If you are a first time user who has previously registered at pachildsupport.com, you can log onto the portal by providing a user name and your current pachildsupport.com password.  When you log in for the first time, you will be asked to choose a personal "hint" question and answer.  The personal "hint" question and answer will be used if you forget your password.
 
If you are currently registered as a portal user, you can log in onto the portal web site by entering your user name and password.  If you do not remember your password, you will be able to request it by clicking the "Forget your password" link on the login web page.  By entering your correct user name and hint answer, you will get your password.
 
Note:  If you are logging onto the portal web site and after three tries you still have not entered the correct user name and password, your account will be disabled.  To reset the user name and password, you will need to call the help desk (1-877-727-7238)

​DNA Percentage Testing
​Buccal Swabs
 
 This non-invasive collection procedure uses four cotton swabs that are similar to ordinary Q-tips to collect epithelial cells by stroking the lining of the inner cheek.  These cells contain the DNA required to perform parentage testing.  The testing procedures utilized on DNA extracted from buccal cells are the same procedures as performed on DNA extracted from white blood cells.
 
 The numerous advantages of the buccal swab collection include:
• The buccal swab collection procedures uses no needles and is considered non invasive
• There is little or no biohazard waste
• This procedure permits specimen retention for future testing
• There is no age restriction.  Specimens may be obtained from newborn infants.
• There is no additional cost for buccal swab specimen collection and processing
• Buccal swabs are color coded to help ensure accurate chain-of-custody collection
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