Child Support Law
In 1990, federal law changed to require child support payments to be automatically deducted from the noncustodial parent`s paycheck. This is called income withholding. In these cases, the employer sends a check to the child support agency, which then sends a check to the custodial parent. This makes it easier for both the custodial parent to receive timely, regular payments, and for the noncustodial parent to take easy care of his obligation. If the custodial parent is on public assistance, the check goes to the agency that provides the assistance. However, the custodial parent will receive the first $50 of each month`s current child support payment. There are certain cases when a judge will determine another way for the noncustodial parent to pay support. Income withholding can also be applied to unemployment benefits, Social Security benefits, disability payments, and other income the noncustodial parent may receive. If the noncustodial parent is selfemployed, the court order for child support sets out how support will be paid.