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Income Withholding (IW)

There are many different ways that the Cuyahoga Job and Family Services (CJFS) Office of Child Support Services (OCSS) can issue an IW. These includebut are not limited to:
  • If the Obligor is employed, CJFS-OCSSwill issue the IW directly to the employer. The employer will deduct the payments from the Obligor’s wages and send them directly to OCSPC (Ohio Child Support Payment Central) in Columbus.
  • CJFS-OCSS also has the ability to issue an IW if the Obligor is receiving benefits from Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (OBWC), Ohio Bureau of Employment Services (OBES), and certain Social Security benefits.
  • If the Obligor is self-employed, CJFS-OCSS can have support payments deducted from a bank account (savings or checking).
  • After payment is received, OCSPC can take up to two business days to process it. After completion of processing, funds will either be mailed, direct deposited via EFT (electronic funds transfer) or via Ohio e-QuickPay Mastercard to the Obligee.
  • The employer is asked to send payments to OCSPC as often as the Obligor is paid, however this is not required as long as the monthly obligation is met. For example, the Obligor is ordered to pay $200 per month in support, including fees. The Obligor is paying $2,400 ($200 X 12 Months) in support per year. The following formulas demonstrate the estimated amount withheld per check depending on the pay periods the employer uses.

Bi-weekly / 26 pay periods: Yearly support / 26 pay periods = Wage withheld per check 2400 / 26 = $92.31 per paycheck

Twice per month / 24 pay periods: Yearly support / 24 pay periods = Wage withheld per check 2400 / 24 = $100 per paycheck

Weekly / 52 pay periods: Yearly support / 52 pay periods = Wage withheld per check 2400 / 52 = $46.16 per paycheck

*Please note:
CJFS-OCSS can legally only withhold up to 65% of the Obligor’s disposable income (50% if the Obligor has other children to support).

*An additional 2% fee will be added onto the Obligor’s support obligation. The fee will be paid after the full monthly obligation is fulfilled. Some months these fees will not be paid, depending on the frequency of payments.