Newly Required Income Withholding Order Form to be Used In All Child Support Cases

In any child support case in which an income withholding order is applicable, the form of the order must follow as mandated by Sections 466 of the Social Security Act and state law (see OCGA § 19-6-31 et al.).

The mandate applies regardless if it is a private case or a Division of Child Support Services (DCSS) action.  Sections 466(a)(1), (a)(8) and 466 (b)(6)(A)(ii) of the Social Security Act require states to use the federally approved Income Withholding for Support with Child Support Order form initially issued on or after January 1, 1994.  State statute (OCGA §19-6-32(b)) incorporates the federal requirement.
    The Office of Management and Budget released a revised “federal income withholding for support (IWO)” form on May 31, 2011.    The revised Social Security Acts sets forth repercussions if the revised IWO is not used.


    The Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) held an Employer Symposium on Child Support in Atlanta on August 3-4, 2011. Judicial representatives, business practitioners, leading executives, payroll professionals, and state and federal child support program professionals, attend the symposium to identify short and long term solutions to topics of mutual concern such as:
•    Recent revisions to the Income Withholding for Support Order (IWO),
•    Electronic business practices, including electronic income withholding orders (e-IWO), e-payments, and automating the National Medical Support Notice,
•    Improving communications between stakeholders,
•    Reporting and withholding form lump sum payments, and
•    New business trends.

For more information including the form (OMB 0970-0154), instructions, and FAQs:


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