When will my Employer Stop Withholding Child Support?

In most cases, once your child reaches the age of 18 or graduates from high school, you no longer have an obligation to pay child support and your employer should stop withholding child support payments from your salary. Your order from the Texas family court may state this.

However, if your employer withholds your support payments directly from your check, then you may find it is not quite so easy to stop the payments even when the order says your obligation is over. 

When an employer is withholding child support payments from your paycheck, it is doing so under a court order. This court order is different from the one you have for paying support. Because of this, explains the Attorney General of Texas, your employer cannot stop withholding payments until it gets a new court order. 

When will your employer stop withholding child support

Your employer receives a wage withholding order. This type of order usually does not include an end date. Your employer must continue to withhold the money until you no longer work for the company or the court issues a termination of the order. If your employer does not do so, it could face legal issues. 

If you see your employer is still withholding money after the end of your obligation, you should first check to see if you owe past-due support.

If this is the case, your employer will continue to withhold the money until you owe no more money.

If this is not the case, then you will have to contact the court to get an order to stop withholding sent to your employer. This information is for education and is not legal advice.