Why can the Child Support Program reduce payments on arrears owed to me?
We are required by law (Senate Bill 43 amending ORS 25.414(5)) to set a reduced income withholding amount if the other party can show that withholding the full amount makes it difficult for them to pay for the needs of a child they have a duty to support or pay for their own basic needs.
Why didn’t the Child Support Program contact me before the reduced withholding was approved?
The Program decides if the reduced income withholding will be approved. If you disagree, you may contact your case manager to discuss your options or provide information.
Can the monthly amount be changed back to what it was?
It depends on the circumstances that led to the reduction. The reduced income withholding will be reviewed after 1 year, sooner if the reason for the reduced withholding changes.
There is a compliance agreement on my case already. Why was the compliance agreement stopped and the reduced income withholding started?
If you already have a compliance agreement, it will remain in place until it is up for review. When reviewed, the new process may be used.
Can you tell me why the other party qualifies for the reduced income withholding?
We can’t give you specific information about the other party’s situation. The other party must prove to the Program that their financial situation is making it difficult to provide for a child they have a duty to support or to provide for their own basic needs. The criteria the Program uses to make the determination are found in the proposed rule OAR 137-055-4130.