Slurpee, snacks —and child support — at 7-Eleven stores
Lansing — A Slurpee with that child support?
The state of Michigan announced that as of Monday, parents will be able to make child support payments at thousands of 7-Eleven or Family Dollar stores throughout the country.
Seventy percent of child support payments are made by employers through payroll deductions. But the state was open to exploring other options.
“We’re interested in making it as easy as possible,” said Erin Frisch, director of the state child support office.
Customers will pay a $1.99 fee for the service and must have access to a computer or smartphone before going to a store to make the payment. The instructions are at www.misdu.com.
The retailers will accept cash and then post the payments electronically. 7-Eleven and Family Dollar stores are working with electronic payment provider PayNearMe. In many states, people can pay their federal taxes at 7-Eleven, also through PayNearMe.
Frisch said Michigan is the fifth state to join the child support/retail store program. She said there is no cost to taxpayers.
“My goal in child support is to try to get consistent, reliable payments for families,” Frisch said. “Anytime we can give folks another opportunity, we’re going to take advantage of it.”
She said other retailers may be joining the program.