Income Withholding Order (IWO)

Child support may be “garnished” and paid directly to the spouse/payor receiving child support by means of a Income Withholding Order (IWO). This is an order that is signed off on by the judge presiding over your case which orders to the employer of the spouse/payor paying child support to deduct the child support money directly from the check of the spouse/payor paying child support and send it directly to the spouse/payee receiving the child support.

An Income Withholding Order (IWO) insures that child support is received timely and not left to the unpredictable payment behaviors of a spouse/payor. This is especially the case where 1) you currently have an order regarding child support but your former spouse/payor is failing to timely pay, and 2) if support is being established and you are concerned that your former spouse/payor will not timely pay you support.

An Income Withholding Order cannot be used in cases where the spouse paying child support is self-employed.