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Income withholding is a process by which an employed parent, ordered by a court to pay child support, has the payments withheld directly from his or her salary. Federal statutory requirements concerning income withholding for states have recently changed. Information provided on this website will assist you with these changes so you may correctly implement income withholding under Georgia and federal law.

Effective May 31, 2012, if an employer receives a document to withhold child support from a noncustodial parent’s (NCP) income that is not issued on the OMB-approved Income Withholding Order for Support (IWO) form as required by federal law, the employer must reject the document for withholding and return it to the sender. The result will be that no child support is collected. The solution is to obtain and use the correct IWO form and other required documents.

To see the answers for questions below, click this  

 

Terms and Definitions Used in the IWO and Related Forms 

 

What is the Income Withholding Order (IWO)? 

          Important! DO NOT file the IWO with the Superior Court Clerk’s office!
          The IWO cannot be signed by a judge and filed in the superior court clerk’s
          office because it contains a field for the obligor’s Social Security number
          (SSN). Filing a document with a SSN violates Georgia law.

 

Who must use the mandatory IWO? 

 

Why is the IWO form a mandatory form? 

 

When must I use this mandatory IWO form? 

 

What is the procedure? 

         
         Important! Mail documents for the Family Support Registry (FSR) to
         this address:

                                   P O Box 1800
                                   Carrollton, GA 30112-1800

        The posting of child support payments from an employer can only be
        accomplished if the FSR has the correct information. To ensure accuracy of
        information on the duration of support (emancipation) regarding the children,
        also provide the FSR a copy of the child support order in addition to the
        Income Deduction Order and Registration form.

 

Why must child support payments be made to the Family Support Registry (FSR)? 

 

What can go wrong if the FSR does not receive the child support information on the new or modified order? 

 

What will happen next and how will the custodial parent receive the child support payments? 

 

What are the FSR payment addresses? 

 


  Prepare and send these
       documents (See second
       "Important" note under
       Q&A section of this webpage)
       to the Family Support Registry
       (FSR) before documents are
       mailed to the employer:

      - FSR Registration Form v1.2
         (non-fillable PDF)

         OR      
      - FSR Registration Form v1.2
         (fillable version)

      - Income Deduction Order
         (IDO)

  Prepare and send these
      documents to the
      Employer/Payor:

Warning: Do Not have a judge sign the IWO or file it with the Clerk of Superior Court.

      - Income Deduction Order
         (IDO)

      - Notice to Payor

      - IWO form (fillable version)
         OR
      - IWO form (fillable version
         helpful hints)

         OR
      - IWO form (non-fillable PDF
         version)

  Prepare and send these
      documents to the Noncustodial
      Parent:

      - Income Deduction Order
         (IDO)

      - Statement of Rights,
         Remedies, and Duties