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This course focuses on the proper processing of child support orders in the payroll department. We start with the basics of prioritizing all types of garnishments to demonstrate the priority for child support in most cases. From this point we will discuss the laws and the regulations governing child support including the major federal laws and how the states have adopted or adapted these laws.

Working with these basics we will discuss and review the Income Withholding Order (IWO) and how to determine if the order is “regular on its face” and must be processed or if it can be rejected. We will then work through the steps to processing an IWO in the payroll department. But the proper processing of IWOs involves numerous steps including determining legal requirements and priorities so at this point we will also discuss communication with both the employee and the issuing party.

This discussion will also include creating templates to assist with this communication. To ensure proper withholding and paying out of child support we will discuss the best practices for reconciling and paying child support. From this point we will review the National Medical Support Notice. This notice may or may not come with an IWO and is included in processing child support to determine withholding limits. Its processing must be done correctly by employers to ensure compliance.  

Using the information learned so far, we now work through examples on how to determine the actual withholding from wages for child support.  This includes doing examples for employees with one, two and three child support orders in effect, including arrearages. Child support orders are not necessarily processed in a vacuum, and the employee may have other garnishments in effect. In this section of the course we cover how to process child support orders with other types of garnishments focusing on bankruptcies and creditor garnishments. Special situations occur when processing child support. This section concentrates on how to process what are known as lump sums and how to handle terminating as well as rehired employees. 

We will conclude our course with a discussion of how to go paperless with processing child support by a discussion of the e-IWO program and paying child support by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). 

Learning Objectives

  • Explore the specific requirements for child support including deduction limits, deadlines, filing procedures, administrative fees and penalties/fines for violations under both federal and state law
  • Identify the requirements for processing medical support notices
  • Identify which garnishment has priority when an employee has current support orders, medical support notices and arrearages
  • Discover how to handle terminated employees in regards to child support
  • Recognize the differences between state requirements and federal requirements for child support
  • Explore how to calculate withholding and prioritize the order of distribution when an employee has more than one type of garnishment
  • Identify best practices for processing child support garnishments in the payroll department
  • Discover the laws that govern the withholding and processing of child support including the Consumer Credit Protection Act (CCPA) and Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA)
  • Explore the requirements for calculating the amount of withholding for child support when an employee has one withholding order with or without arrearages
  • Explore the requirements for calculating the amount of withholding for child support when an employee has more than one withholding order
  • Identify how to go paperless with child support by receiving electronic withholding orders and paying by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)
  • Identify best practices concerning child support withholding and communicating with employees and the issuing parties

 

 

Last updated/reviewed: October 25, 2018

23 Reviews (76 ratings)Reviews

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Anonymous Author
I loved this course. I learned so much. I have been doing payroll for almost a year now and realized there is so much I was not taught on the process or the options that are available to me to simply the process. This course made what I do make so much sense rather than just putting the information into our system and letting it do the work. Now I can explain the math to an employee if needed. I feel more knowledgeable with everything that I learned. Great course for those new to the field.
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Anonymous Author
I learned so much more about child support and garnishments. I have attended some free live Webinars with Vicki in the past through Ascentis but this course was very thorough. I look forward to taking the other courses and I am thankful that Illumeo has the ability to use Vicki as a resource. I am looking forward to completing the other courses Illumeo has to offer. Thank you for providing this service.
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Anonymous Author
This course covers a ton of information regarding laws, calculations, and special circumstances. I learned so much from this class (and it made sense)! I am much more comfortable with how to handle these situations in the future. However, I will still defer to my payroll expert.
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After deciding that the employee is not your employee, you need to run it by A/P to make sure it's not a subcontractor. The employer is responsible either way. Not mentioned in the seminar....
5
Member's Profile
This is hands down the best course I've ever taken regarding child support orders! All possible scenarios are broken down step by step and I feel confident receiving child support orders now!
5
Member's Profile
Abundance of valuable information, links provided for additional info, slides very helpful. Ms. Lambert always gives info in a way that is easy to understand, but is not dumbed-down.
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Anonymous Author
I enjoyed this course. "Real life" examples were given instead of covering only how the laws read. I found this helpful in how I currently process support orders and garnishments.
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Member's Profile
Very informative, excellent training material on the priorities of deducting the employee's paycheck for child support, medical support, arrears, IRS Levies and others.
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Anonymous Author
Whew....this is a confusing subject, especially when there are multiple orders and other garnishments. This course helped clarify calculations.
5
Member's Profile
Detailed information on the laws, regulations, and rules for processing child support payments presented in a clear and concise manner.
5
Member's Profile
A very detailed outline of compliance for support orders. Great information to ensure accuracy and timely processing.
5
Member's Profile
An excellent and extremely thorough overview of child support rules, regulations, and payroll processing guidelines.
5
Anonymous Author
These courses are presented in a way that makes the info very easy to follow. Instructor does a great job.
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Anonymous Author
Great class. I have been out of payroll for quite a while. Was really a great refresher course.
5
Member's Profile
great course...really helps define rules and regulations to ensure we are handling correctly.
5
Member's Profile
Very nicely presented. The teacher broke down the sections into bite-sized pieces.
5
Member's Profile
The instructor is very pleasant and goes at a good pace. The material is relevant.
5
Member's Profile
This was a great refresher course. Vicki did a great presentation, as always.
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Anonymous Author
Very thorough... appreciated the examples and notes to other resources
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Member's Profile
Vicki always presents material in a clear and understandable manner.
5
Member's Profile
Easy to understand course, great refresher on child support orders.
5
Anonymous Author
This course has a lot of information, details and great examples.
5
Member's Profile
This course was excellent - Vickie Lambert great teacher.

Prerequisites

Course Complexity: Intermediate

No Advanced Preparation or Prerequisites are needed for this course.

Education Provider Information

Company:
Illumeo, Inc., 75 East Santa Clara St., Suite 1215, San Jose, CA 95113
Contact:
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Course Syllabus
INTRODUCTION and OVERVIEW
  5:00Introduction to Child Support: The Laws, Rules and Regulations for Proper Handling in the Payroll Department
  13:11The Background on Child Support
The Laws, Rules and Regulations
  9:25The Laws and Regulations
  11:47Withholding and Paying Child Support
  10:51Processing Through Payroll
  13:38Is It Legal
  11:31What if You Get 2 for 1 Child
  6:41Medical Support Notices
  9:23The Calculations
  10:20Processing with Other Garnishments
  15:20Special Situations
CONCLUSION
  12:15Going Paperless
Continuous Play
  2:09:21Child Support: The Laws, Rules and Regulations for Proper Handling in the Payroll Department
SUPPORTING MATERIALS
  PDFSlides: Child Support: The Laws, Rules and Regulations for Proper Handling in the Payroll Department
  PDFChild Support: The Laws, Rules and Regulations for Proper Handling in the Payroll Department Glossary/Index
REVIEW and TEST
  quizREVIEW QUESTIONS
 examFINAL EXAM