Also known in Arizona as an Income Withholding Order, a Wage Assignment is an order from the court that directs an employer or other payor of funds to withhold a monthly amount from an employee that is a person obligated to pay child support, spousal maintenance, child support or spousal maintenance.
The Wage Assignment outlines all requirements for payment including the amount, frequency of payment, and to whom the payment will be made. A Wage Assignment is ordered in every child support case and is an organized way for the payor to make required child support payments, and is also assurance to the person receiving the payment that they are receiving the payments on an uninterrupted schedule.
The employer of the payor will receive a notice that will instruct them to automatically deduct the court ordered amount from the payor’s paycheck. The mployer sends the payment to the Support Payment Clearinghouse within two days of the date that the payor is paid. This payment is then mailed from the clearinghouse to the person receiving the payment.
The only time that a Wage Assignment is not used in a child support proceeding is if the payor is not employed, is self-employed, or does not have a regular source of income. If this is the case, child support payments must be made directly from the payor to the Support Payment Clearinghouse.
If you have found yourself a part of a family law dispute and need legal representation, contact Glendale Family Law attorneys at The Sampair Group. We have experienced child support attorneys that will represent you in the best interest of your children.