An INCOME WITHHOLDING ORDER (Wage Assignment) is an order that deductions be taken from wages or other income to pay
current or past-due child support or spousal maintenance. The order is designed to ensure timely support payments. Assignments
can apply to an obligor's wages, salary, commissions, and other periodic earnings.
An ORDER STOPPING AN INCOME WITHHOLDING ORDER is appropriate when all children emancipate pursuant to A.R.S. §25-501A
which states "If a child reaches the age of majority while the child is attending high school or a certified high school equivalency program,
support shall continue to be provided while the child is actually attending high school or equivalency program but only until the child
reaches nineteen years of age unless the court enters an order pursuant to section §25-320 subsection E." A person obligated to pay or
entitled to receive support or spousal maintenance may file a request to terminate any Income Withholding Order if the obligation to pay
has ended or will end within ninety days after the filing of the request and if all arrearages either have been paid, will be paid within the
period, or have been waived. If you believe that within ninety days the child support obligation will no longer be owed, due to change of
status/circumstance you may file to stop the order.
An ORDER TO MODIFY/CHANGE AN INCOME WITHHOLDING ORDER is appropriate when the order specifically states an
amount for each child and one or more of the children have emancipated or if the order includes arrears and they are paid or will be
paid-in-full within ninety days.
An EX PARTE (WITHOUT NOTICE) INCOME WITHHOLDING ORDER is an order directing an employer or other payor to withhold a
monthly amount from the income of the person obligated to pay child support, spousal maintenance, child support and spousal maintenance
arrearage, and/or interest. The order is issued prior to the obligor receiving notice. The first employer/other payor served with an
Ex Parte Income Withholding Order is required to provide notice to the employee/obligor.
An ADMINISTRATIVE INCOME WITHHOLDING ORDER is an order, issued by the State IV-D Agency (Division of Child Support Services),
directing an employer or other payor to withhold a monthly amount from the income of the person obligated to pay child support, spousal
maintenance, child support and spousal maintenance arrearage, and/or interest. These orders do not need to be signed.
You may wish to seek the advice of an attorney or you may obtain the necessary forms from the Self-Service Center here.
Family Support Services office hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday-Friday, except holidays. Office telephone number: (602)37-CLERK, or (602)372-5375.
Clerk of the Superior Court of Maricopa County, Arizona
Clerk of the Court
Central Court Building
201 W. Jefferson
Phoenix, AZ 85003
FAX# (602) 506-1937