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Ninth Judicial Circuit Court

FRIEND OF THE COURT HANDBOOK - RECEIVING PAYMENTS

Public Act 548 of 2004 (MCL 400.236(4) requires that the Michigan State Disbursement Unit (MiSDU) disburse support electronically. The MiSDU must accomplish this either through direct deposit to an individual's bank account, or through use of a debit card.

Recipients of support will receive 3 NOTICES from MiSDU. If you do not indicate your preference for direct deposit by submitting a Direct Deposit form (on the back of the first and second Notice) within 2 weeks, MiSDU will send a 3rd notice indicating a debit card will be issued to you. If you misplaced your form call 1-877-464-3324.

The following customers are exempt from mandatory participation in electronic disbursement of support:

  • Individuals with a mental or physical disability that imposes a hardship in accessing electronic payments.
  • Individuals with a language or literacy barrier that imposes a hardship in accessing electronic payments.
  • Individuals with both home and work addresses that are more than 30 miles from an ATM or a financial institution.

Exempt customers are not required to receive payments via direct deposit or a debit card. They must contact the MiSDU to request an exemption by calling 1-877-464-3324.

Debt Card Recipients

The US Bank ReliaCard Visa is a prepaid debit card, not a credit card. Support payments will be deposited directly to the card. Cardholders can use the ReliaCard Visa debit card in the same manner as any Visa-branded card. Funds are accessed through either a signature or a secure Personal Identification Number (PIN). Only the MiSDU can deposit money into this account, the cardholder cannot add funds.

For full information on this program go to the Michigan government website, select departments and agencies, look for the Department of Human Services and then choose the Quick Link for Child Support or

http://michigan.gov/dhs/0,1607,7-124-5453_5528---,00.html

When the card is sent in the mail, it will be in a plain while envelope with an address window that shows the recipient's name and address. It will contain instruction on how to activate your card and how to choose your pin number. After your card is activated the recipient can use the internet at www.reliacard.com to

  • Change their PIN
  • View the balance
  • View current month and previous month's transactions

For all questions about debit cards

Call MiSDU's toll- free number 1-877-4-MI-DEBIT (1-877-464-3324).

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