Texas law requires a $25 annual service fee on cases that involve parents who have never received Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). In addition, the Texas Legislature authorized a $3 monthly State Disbursement Unit (SDU) fee to offset costs to taxpayers to operate the child support disbursement unit. 

Who will be charged a fee?

A $25 fee will be assessed on cases where custodial parents receive full-service monitoring and enforcement services and have never been on TANF. They will pay a $25 service fee for each year that they receive at least $500 in child support collections. The fee will be deducted from the child support payment.

The $3 monthly SDU fee is for parents who receive registry-only payment processing and record keeping services through the federally mandated SDU.

Will I be required to pay both fees?

No. The $25 annual service fee is for parents who have full-service child support cases. The $3 monthly service SDU fee is for parents who receive registry-only payment processing and record keeping services through SDU. If a parent has more than one case, and one is full-service and one is registry-only, the parent will be charged the applicable fee for each case.

Will any of the fees affect the amount a noncustodial parent pays each month?

The $25 annual service fee will not increase the amount of a noncustodial parent’s obligation. It is possible that judges may order a noncustodial parent to pay the $3 SDU fee in addition to the monthly support payment.