Child Support Withholding Definition

Child support withholding is an amount deducted from an employee’s disposable earnings to fulfill court-ordered child support.

Child Support Withholding Extended Definition
Child support withholding is a court-mandated payroll deduction. Employers are responsible for withholding child support payments from an employee’s wages if they receive a withholding notice.

If you receive paperwork regarding child support served to an employee, it is your responsibility to withhold taxes before paying for child support. Child support is an after-tax deduction. Payments for child support should be made on the net pay of the employee and not the gross pay.

There are limits to how much employers can deduct for child support withholding. After withholding child support, pay the proper state disbursement unit after each payroll until you receive an order telling you to stop.

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Rachel Blakely-Gray | Feb 15, 2023

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