Employers provide a valuable service to families. When a parent is ordered to pay child support, employers deduct the appropriate amount from the parent’s pay and send it directly to Child Support Services (CSS).
Most Idaho child support orders and many orders from other states now contain language regarding “direct and immediate wage withholding.” When this language exists in an order, CSS is required to request a direct payment from employers within two days.
The amount deducted from each pay period is based on the amount due each month, unpaid support owed from previous months, and pay frequency. If someone is paid every other week, the employer divides the yearly support across 26 pay periods instead of splitting the support into 12 distinct months. Otherwise, the support amount due each month is split across 12 distinct months.
Why is this great for you and your family?
- It’s convenient. Many parents find it convenient when their employers directly send child support so that they don’t have to remember to write a check each month to meet their obligations.
- While employers directly send child support payments to CSS, CSS does not pursue other enforcement actions (e.g. license suspension, revoking a passport, contempt, etc.), even if a past support balance would otherwise qualify the case.
- It gets child support to your children quickly.
- It ensures accurate payment records. CSS keeps an accurate record of the payments for each case. You can access your payment history online at childsupport.idaho.gov.
Reporting Employment Changes
When an employment situation changes, please let us know immediately. If there are any gaps in employment, child support is still due until another direct income withholding order is in place.
You can make payments online, or if you prefer sending payments via mail, send them to:
Idaho Child Support Receipting Services
P.O. Box 70008
Boise, Idaho 83707-0108