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How PACSES Distributes Support Collections

The key to understanding the amounts shown on your support check is learning how PACSES distributes support collections.

The Basics:

  • If the payer has more than one support case, PACSES automatically distributes collections among them. For example, if the payer owes child support on more than one PACSES support case, PACSES will automatically distribute support collections to each of them.
  • PACSES distributes collections - called receipts - to the payer's debts using a "distribution hierarchy" after it identifies the receipts as collections for a specific month. Click to learn more about the "Distribution Hierarchy."
  • Examples of a PACSES "debt" include the following: a regular charging support order, a regular amount the payer is ordered to pay on arrears, a collection fee, or a court cost.
  • The "distribution hierarchy" ranks the debts for payment. It assigns debts various levels of importance, and insures that more important debts are paid first. For example, a month's receipts must pay the entire month's support order debt before any excess receipts for the month are applied to lesser debts, such as fees.
  • The highest ranked debt in the distribution hierarchy is the Monthly Support Obligation, or MSO.

PACSES distribution pays MSO before any other debt.

PACSES will not distribute receipts to any other debts until the month's receipts have fully paid MSO.

  • MSO is the regular charging support order, expressed as a monthly amount.
  • How PACSES calculates your MSO:

Monthly Orders: If your support order is $200 per month, your MSO is $200.

Weekly Orders: If your support order is $50 per week, PACSES calculates your MSO using a factor of 4.345. See below:

Weekly Order Amount $50 X 4.345 = $217.25 MSO

After paying MSO, PACSES applies any remaining receipts for the month to the payer’s other debts, according to the rank of those debts under the distribution hierarchy.

Click to learn more about the "Distribution Hierarchy".