Federal Law Allows for Payments without Income Withholding
The Federal law allows for a case to not be subject to immediate income withholding if there is a written agreement between parents:
a written alternative arrangement signed by both the custodial and noncustodial parent, and, at State option, by the State in IV-D cases in which there is an assignment of support rights to the State, and reviewed and entered in the record by the court or administrative authority. (Source: Family Support Act of 1988 (P.L. 100-485) & Public Law 104-193Â )
Here is specific information for each state:
Note: We will continue to update this as more information is collected
Child Support Does Not Have to Be Garnished
Contrary to popular belief not all child support orders or agreements are subject to wage garnishment.
In the United States the following cases are subject to wage garnishment:
- You currently have a case open with your local child support agency – typically for overdue child support or for the reasons highlighted in number 2 and number 3 below
- Your child & the child’s custodial parent has currently received public benefits
- Your child & the child’s custodial parent has received public benefits in the past
However, if your situation does not fall into one of the 3 buckets above then your child support does not have to be forcibly garnished and you are able to work out your payments and cost sharing directly with the other parent.