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How Much Income Can the Government Withhold to Pay Child Support?

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Question: How Much Income Can the Government Withhold to Pay Child Support?
Answer:

Each state has the ability to form its own laws regarding how much income to withhold for child support. However, the federal government has established its own limits, and state-imposed limits can not exceed the federal limits.

The federal limits on how much income to withhold for child support are as follows:
If the obligor's account is not in arrears:
  • The government cannot withhold more than 60% of the obligor's income

  • In cases where the obligor has a second family to support, the government cannot withhold more than 50% of the obligor's income.

If the obligor's account has been in arrears for 12 or more weeks:
  • The government cannot withhold more than 65% of the obligor's income

  • In cases where the obligor has a second family to support, the government cannot withhold more than 55% of the income.

References:
"Acronyms and Glossary." The Office of Child Support Enforcement. Administration for Children and Family. 26 Dec. 2007 [http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cse/fct/glossary.htm].


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