Anderson & Boback Logo

What is the Illinois State Disbursement Unit?

Categorized as Child Support

Typically, when a court in the State of Illinois enters a child support order, payments are ordered to be sent to the Illinois State Disbursement Unit or to the Clerk of the County’s Circuit Court. The parties can enter into a written agreement that details alternative arrangements for the support payments, provided that the court approves the agreement.

The State Disbursement Unit (SDU) is the State’s child support payment processing center. The purpose of the SDU is to process all child support payments that it receives. The SDU tracks payments received and payments disbursed.

Sometimes a party is ordered to pay maintenance and child support. The SDU accepts payments for maintenance when the order also calls for child support payments. However, the SDU does not accept maintenance only payments. Likewise, the SDU will not process payments for other monies owed, such as payments for one’s attorney’s fees.

The party who is ordered to pay child support is often referred to as the “obligor” and the party receiving the support is then referred to as the “obligee.” Child support payments can be sent to the SDU directly by the obligor or by the obligor’s employer. Usually, an employer sends in payments by check or by an electronic funds transfer (EFT). An obligor is able to send payments to the SDU by check or money order. Once the SDU receives a payment from an obligor or the obligor’s employer, the SDU disburses the payment to the obligee within forty-eight (48) hours. An obligee can receive their payment by check or direct deposit.

When payments are sent through the SDU, both the obligor and the obligee can create online accounts to review the payment and disbursement history for their case. Having child support payments processed through the SDU is a helpful tool to keep track of payments received and disbursed. However, remember that the SDU’s purpose is not to account for child support arrearage amounts. This means that if you become delinquent in your child support payments the SDU will not be able to give you a breakdown of how much you owe as of a certain date. The only “accounting” the SDU can provide, simply shows the date payments were received, payment amounts, and disbursement dates.

Was this information helpful?

You May Also Like

Wonder if your spousal maintenance is modifiable? This question was addressed in Scarp v. Rahman when the father in the case of sought to modify his maintenance obligation.  The trial court would not allow the modification so he sought an…

Birthdays are a big deal to kids - they usually get a party with their friends with cake, balloons, presents, and if they are lucky, a ball pit to jump into at Chucky Cheese! The day is all about them.…

Our firm represents a lot of military families and for the most part, handling a military divorce is just like any other divorce.  There are specific rules that need to be followed, however, and those parents in the military facing…

Changes to Spousal Maintenance Law in Illinois In 2019, a significant change in the tax code was made regarding maintenance, which resulted in spousal maintenance (formerly known as “alimony”, also known as “spousal support”) being tax-free to the recipient and…

Illinois has modified its statutes wherein parents are now allocated “parental responsibilities” and “parenting time” instead of “custody”.  The purpose of these changes was to try and give the parents less to fight over.  You can win “custody” but winning…

For Illinois parents that are no longer together or facing divorce, understanding the basics of child custody law is important. First, the term “custody” no longer exists in Illinois. The State of Illinois changed its laws regarding custody in 2016,…

Anderson & Boback small logo

Download our Divorce Planning Guide today!

Get the information you need to prepare for divorce with our free resource Guide to Planning for Your Divorce.

What our clients are saying

Schedule a Discreet Consultation Today!

    Firm Overview

    Anderson & Boback is a highly-respected, experienced Chicago family law firm, skilled in negotiation and litigation. When divorce and other family law issues make your life chaotic and uncertain, you want your case resolved as quickly and fairly as possible. Call Now 312-715-0870