Implementation of the Federal Income Withholding Order

When a party in a family law case has a child support or alimony obligation, they can opt to have such funds deducted from their paycheck directly through an Order of the Court. The funds go directly to each state’s designated agency, who is then in charge of disbursing the money to the recipient. In Florida, this agency is known as the “State Disbursement Unit.”

Florida law has traditionally referred to this type of court order as an "Income Deduction Order" (IDO). Recently, the federal government has passed a law that attempts to provide a nationwide system for these type of deduction orders known as an "Income Withholding Order" (IWO).

Currently, Florida law is in a bit of a state of flux as to which order is appropriate. Some courts are still recognizing Florida "IDO," although practitioners and courts are expected to convert to the use of the new federal "IWO." The good news is that if you previously had an “IDO” issued in Florida, you should be still getting the funds without problems.