Is there a limit to the amount of money that can be taken from my paycheck for child support?

Answer

Yes. The amount that can be withheld from your wages is limited by the Federal Consumer Credit Protection Act.

Here are the limits:

  • 50 percent of disposable income if an obligated parent has a second family
  • 60 percent if there is no second family

These limits are each increased by 5 percent (to 55% and 65%) if payments are in arrears (past-due) for a period equal to 12 weeks or more. State law may further limit the amount that can be taken from your paycheck.

Visit the Intergovernmental Reference Guide, select your state on the map, and look under “Income Withholding” to find information about your state’s income withholding limits and procedures.

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