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Child support and income withholding

On Behalf of | Aug 9, 2021 | Firm News

If you recently got a divorce and you have to pay child support, or you expect to owe support in the near future, you likely have a number of questions. Many parents pay child support by having income withheld by their employer. Make sure you familiarize yourself with income withholding

It is important to review your options, understand your rights, find answers to any areas of uncertainty and ensure that you fulfill your obligations. After all, falling behind on child support can lead to harsh penalties.

When does income withholding for child support begin?

According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, employers must withhold child support after receiving a notice from the state. Moreover, income withholding for child support must begin within 14 days after an employer receives a withholding notice.

It is vital to keep in mind that you have to make child support payments before the date they are due until wage withholding begins.

How much income is withheld for child support?

You should know that in North Carolina, employers can withhold up to 40% of your disposable income if you have one child support order. If you have multiple child support orders and do not have to support other children or a spouse, your employer could withhold up to 50% of your disposable income.

There are many factors that affect how much child support you have to pay, such as the number of kids you have and your income, and every parent is in a different position. Make sure you review your child support order and stay current.