Child Support

1511 Ketcher Street, Building C Tahlequah, OK 74464

For Employers

What is employment verification?

  • What?
    • A request to verify an employee’s employment status, wages, and benefits.
    • Verification requests from child support also assist in locating non-custodial parents.
  • Why?
    • Child support agencies need specific and current information to establish or modify orders.
    • You must respond promptly and as fully as possible when you receive a verification request.
  • How?
    • Complete information requested in letters, subpoenas, state-issued forms, or attorney requests

What is an (IWO) Income Withholding Order

  • What? 
    • An income withholding order is a court-mandated payroll deduction.
  • Why?
    • If a noncustodial parent has an unpaid child support debt and is your employee, a court or child support agency will send you an Income Withholding for Support (IWO) order.
  • Where?
    • Cherokee Nation Child Support Payment Center
      P.O. Box 21046
      Tulsa, OK  74121

(Anyone sending you an income withholding order for child support must use the OMB-approved IWO).

*You cannot terminate an employee because of child support withholding*

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a lump sum payment?

A lump sum is a one-time payment to an employee.

What do I do if the employee tells me I am withholding the wrong amount?

You should explain to your employee that, by law, you are ordered to withhold the amount on the order until you receive an amended order and he or she should contact the child support agency.

What do I do if the employee tells me that his case has been closed and to stop withholding wages?

You must continue withholding until the child support agency or court notifies you of a change or to stop the withholding.

What do I do if an employee is terminated or resigns?

Mail or fax a copy of the income withholding order with the employee’s forwarding information and termination date.

The employee has requested to withhold additional amounts, am I allowed to honor the request?

Yes or the employees can send additional payments to the child support agency.

What will happen if I choose to not withhold child support after receiving an order to?

Employers who do not withhold and send payments as ordered are subject to penalties per state law.

My employee has multiple, a previous or received a garnishment unrelated to child support. How do I handle withholding child support?

Child support is a priority over all other claims against the employee’s wages; except federal tax liens.