OCSE sets parameters for standard Income Withholding Orders

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Just how standard must a standard child support Income Withholding Order (IWO) be? Very standard, according to the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE), which created it and mandates its use.

OCSE: Allowable variations include changes to the fonts used. In addition, supplemental and/or state-specific information, such as state code requirements, may be added. What’s out: OCSE further says that standard form text can’t be changed, and additions to the standard text can’t be made, either.

Reminder: You may refuse to honor any IWO that’s been altered by returning it to the sender.

YOU’RE OUTTA HERE: You should reject any IWO that directs payment to any entity other than a state disbursement unit. In addition, you can reject IWOs on which the child’s Social Security number is truncated and forms that require you to vary your biweekly or weekly pay schedule to accommodate a state’s accounting system, which customarily tracks child support obligations on a monthly basis.

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