Income Withholding Orders

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An income withholding order is an order directing an employer or other payor of funds to withhold a monthly amount from the income of the person obligated to pay child support, spousal maintenance, child support and spousal maintenance arrearage, and/or interest. There are different types of orders depending on the situation. 

Quash Order

An order directing an employer or other payor of funds to stop withholding a monthly amount from the income of the person obligated to pay child support, spousal maintenance, child support and spousal maintenance arrearage, and/or interest.

Ex Parte Income Withholding Order

An order directing an employer or other payor to withhold a monthly amount from the income of the person obligated to pay child support, spousal maintenance, child support and spousal maintenance arrearage, and/or interest. The order is issued prior to the obligor receiving notice. The first employer/other payor served with an Ex Parte Income Withholding Order is required to provide notice to the employee/obligor.

Administrative Income Withholding Order

An order, issued by the State IV-D Agency (Division of Child Support Enforcement), directing an employer or other payor to withhold a monthly amount from the income of the person obligated to pay child support, spousal maintenance, child support and spousal maintenance arrearage, and/or interest. These orders do not need to be signed.

Withholding Order FAQs

  • Income Withholding Order - Change of Employer

    • How do I change the employer information with the court?

  • Income Withholding Order - Descriptions

    • What is an Income Withholding Order?

    • What is an Order Stopping an Income Withholding Order? Quash Order?

    • What is an Ex Parte (Without Notice) Income Withholding Order?

    • What is an Administrative Income Withholding Order?

    • What is a IV-D Case?

    • What is a private case (non IV-D)?

  • Income Withholding Order - Employer Information

    • What if I do not withhold the money or send the payment to the Clearinghouse?

    • The employee just came back to work after being gone for 2 weeks. Do I have to catch up on payments for the time that he did not work?

    • The employee had quit and a month later came back to work. Do I have to honor the Income Withholding Order I received when he was here previously?

    • I just received the Income Withholding Order for a new employee. The employee said the $60.00 yearly support handling fee was mailed by his previous employer. Do I still have to mail the fee?

    • Should I withhold support from severance pay?

    • I received an Income Withholding Order signed by the Judge / Clerk. When do I start withholding payments?

    • I received an Ex Parte (Without Notice) Income Withholding Order. When do I start withholding payments?

    • I received an Administrative Income Withholding Order. When do I start withholding payments?

    • Does an Administrative Income Withholding Order need to be signed?

    • Can I combine the deductions I make for all my employees into one check?

    • Where do I send the payments?

    • Does my copy of the Income Withholding Order need to be certified?

    • Does my copy of the Order Stopping/Terminating an Income Withholding Order need to be certified?

    • If an employee provides me with a copy of an Income Withholding Order, do I need to honor that Income Withholding Order?

    • What information do I need to indicate on the payment?

    • How often do I have to withhold and remit the $60.00 handling fee?

    • How soon do I need to remit the payment after withholding the monies from the employee's earnings?

    • Is the $5.00 monthly handling fee included in the support amount stated on the Income Withholding Order?

    • What should I do if I received the Income Withholding Order by first class mail?

    • Is it my responsibility to notify my employee that I received an Income Withholding Order?

    • What if I have multiple Income Withholding Orders with the same case number?

    • What if I have Income Withholding Orders with different case numbers but for the same employee?

    • Can I fire or refuse to hire someone because they have an Income Withholding Order?

    • Do I have to honor an Income Withholding Order from another state?

    • What should I do if my employee tells me the amount on the income withholding order is wrong or that I should not honor the income withholding order for any other reason?

    • What if the person named in the Income Withholding Order does not work for my company?

    • What if the Social Security Number does not match my employee?

    • How much can I withhold from my employee’s pay?

    • Can I charge a fee for complying with the Income Withholding Order?

    • What do I do if an employee already has Income Withholding Orders and deducting the amount of this Income Withholding Order will make the total amount of deductions over 50%?

    • What do I do if the Income Withholding Order requires payments at intervals that do not coincide with my pay periods?

    • What should I do if the Clerk/Clearinghouse returns payments?

    • How do I know when to stop withholding payments?

    • Is there anything I have to do when an employee with an Income Withholding Order no longer works for me?

  • Income Withholding Order - Initiation

    • How do I get the Income Withholding Order mailed to the new employer?

  • Income Withholding Order - Stop or Modify

    • How do I stop the Income Withholding Order?

    • My child is 18 and has graduated from high school, the child support payments were to stop, but they are still taking money out of my check. What can I do?

    • Does the Income Withholding Order stop automatically upon emancipation or full payment of arrears / judgment?

    • How much does it cost to file a Request to Stop the Income Withholding Order?

    • The Income Withholding Order is for current support and arrears payments. The arrears have been paid. How do I modify the Income Withholding Order for current support only?

    • The Income Withholding Order is for current support and arrearage payments. The current support is no longer owing. How do I modify the Income Withholding Order for arrears payments only?

    • How much does it cost to file a Request to Modify the Income Withholding Order?

  • Income Withholding Order Unit - Hours and Location

    • The Family Support Services hours are 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. The office phone number is (602) 37-CLERK, or (602) 372-5375. The office is located at: