- The payment tracking process starts when a Domestic Relations account clerk posts a payment. To post a payment (i.e. to enter the payment into the system), the account clerk enters the identity of the payer, the amount of the payment and the "collection date" (The "collection date" is not necessarily the date that the payment was posted, as we describe further below.)
- When the payment is posted, PACSES identifies the payment as a receipt. It also assigns it a receipt number associated with the day it was posted.
- PACSES also assigns receipts to a specific month, by tracking the "collection date" entered for the receipt. (The "collection date" is important, for reasons described below.)
- For cash payments, the "collection date" is the date that the payer made the payment in Domestic Relations (Domestic Relations typically posts such payments on the same day they were made.)
- For income attachment payments, however, the "collection date" is the date that the payment was withheld from the payer's income. The "collection date" for income attachment payments is commonly a week or two prior to the date that the collection is posted in Domestic Relations.
- HOW COLLECTION DATE INTERACTS WITH MSO: When the "collection date" of a receipt is for the month prior to the date the receipt was posted (which happens frequently with wage attachment payments), that payment will be applied toward the distribution hierarchy for the prior month - not the current month. Such payments are more likely to pay lesser debts such as fees. Click to learn more about the "distribution hierarchy".