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Indiana Department of Child Services

DCS  > Child Support > Custodial Party Information > Income Withholding Income Withholding

An Income Withholding Order (IWO) is an order that a court or Title IV-D child support agency sends to the non-custodial parent's employer or income payor to instruct the employer or income payor  to withhold child support payments from the non-custodial parent's income.  The withheld payments are then sent to the Indiana State Central Collection Unit (INSCCU) to be applied to the child support obligation.     State and Federal  law require that a non-custodial parent pay by an IWO unless a court approves an alternative arrangement.  It is important to pay through IWO because it helps to ensure that payments are made in a timely manner, in the correct amounts, and to the right parties.  Paying by IWO also allows the County Clerk to properly record the payments and keep an accurate payment history for the court.    Recently, several changes were made to the IWO form:

  • If you have an attorney, you may need to bring the new form to his or her attention.  For attorneys, the form and instructions can be found here.
  • If you handled your case pro se (without an attorney), there are a few things you will need to know about the new form:

The correct version of the IWO form MUST be used.  The form, along with simplified instructions for completing it, can be found by clicking here.  If this form is not used, the employer can refuse the withholding order and not withhold the income.    

The information you will need in order to complete the form can be found in your most recent child support order from the court.  If you do not have a copy of your most recent order, you can obtain a copy from the office of your County Clerk.  Once you obtain a copy of your most recent order, follow the instructions in the link above.