Oregon Statutes - Chapter 25 - Support Enforcement - Section 25.414 - Standard amount to be withheld; processing fee; rules.

(1) The withholder shall withhold from the obligorís disposable monthly income, other than workersí compensation under ORS chapter 656 or unemployment compensation under ORS chapter 657, the amount stated in the order to withhold. The entity issuing the order to withhold shall compute this amount subject to the following:

(a) If withholding is for current support only, the amount to be withheld is the amount specified as current support in the support order.

(b) If withholding is for current support and there is an arrearage, the amount to be withheld is 120 percent of the amount specified as current support in the support order.

(c) If withholding is only for arrearage, the amount to be withheld is one of the following:

(A) The amount of the last ordered monthly support.

(B) If there is no last ordered monthly support amount, the monthly support amount used to calculate the arrearage amount specified in the order or judgment for arrearage.

(C) If there is no last ordered monthly support amount and if there was no monthly support amount, an amount calculated under the formula established under ORS 25.275. For purposes of this subparagraph, this calculation shall be based on the obligorís current monthly gross income or, if the obligorís current monthly gross income is not known, the Oregon hourly minimum wage converted to a monthly amount based upon a 40-hour workweek, zero income for the obligee, and one joint child, regardless of how many children the parties may actually have. No rebuttals to this calculation may be allowed.

(d) Notwithstanding the amount determined to be withheld under paragraph (c) of this subsection, the obligor must retain disposable monthly income of at least 160 times the applicable federal minimum hourly wage prescribed by section 6 (a)(1) of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (29 U.S.C. 206) or any future minimum hourly wages prescribed in that section.

(2) The amount to be withheld from unemployment compensation under ORS chapter 657 is calculated as follows:

(a) If withholding is for a current support order, regardless of the existence of arrearage, the amount to be withheld is the lesser of:

(A) Twenty-five percent of the benefits paid; or

(B) The current monthly support obligation. The entity issuing the order to withhold may convert the monthly support obligation amount to a percentage to be withheld from each benefits payment. However, the total amount withheld in one month may not exceed 25 percent of the benefits paid in that month or the current monthly support obligation, whichever is less.

(b) If withholding is for arrearage only, the amount to be withheld is the lesser of:

(A) Fifteen percent of the benefits paid; or

(B) The amount of the last ordered monthly support obligation. The entity issuing the order to withhold may convert the last ordered monthly support obligation amount to a percentage to be withheld from each benefits payment. However, the total amount withheld in one month may not exceed 15 percent of the benefits paid in that month or the amount of the last ordered monthly support obligation, whichever is less.

(c) The withholder may not charge or collect a processing fee when withholding from unemployment compensation.

(3) The amount to be withheld from workersí compensation under ORS chapter 656 is set forth in ORS 656.234.

(4) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, when withholding is from a lump sum payment or benefit, including but not limited to retroactive workersí compensation benefits, lump sum retirement plan disbursements or withdrawals, insurance payments or settlements, severance pay, bonus payments or any other similar payments or benefits that are not periodic recurring income, the amount subject to withholding for payment of a support obligation may not exceed one-fourth of the amount of the lump sum payment or benefit.

(5) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, the administrator may set a lesser amount to be withheld if the obligor demonstrates the withholding is prejudicial to the obligorís ability to provide for a child the obligor has a duty to support. The Department of Justice shall adopt rules consistent with federal regulations to implement this subsection.

(6) Except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, the withholder may deduct from the obligorís disposable income a monthly processing fee not to exceed $5. The processing fee is in addition to the amount calculated to be withheld for support, unless the amount to be withheld for support is the maximum allowed under subsection (8) of this section, in which case the fee is deducted from the amount withheld as support.

(7) If there are multiple withholding orders against the same obligor, the amount to be withheld is the sum of each support order calculated independently.

(8) No withholding as calculated under this section, including the processing fee permitted in subsection (6) of this section, shall exceed 50 percent of the obligorís net disposable income. The limit established in this subsection applies whenever withholding is implemented under this section, whether by a single order or by multiple orders against the same obligor.

(9) When the obligorís income is not sufficient for the withholder to fully comply with each withholding order, the withholder shall withhold the maximum amount allowed under this section. If all withholding orders for a particular obligor are payable to or through the department, the withholder shall pay to the department the income withheld and the department shall determine priorities for allocating income withheld to multiple child support cases relative to that obligor. If one or more of the withholding orders for a particular obligor require payment other than to or through the department, the withholder shall use the following to determine priorities for withholding and allocating income withheld to multiple child support cases:

(a) If the amount withheld from the obligorís income is sufficient to pay the current support due to each case but is not enough to fully comply with the withholding order for each case where past due support is owed, the withholder shall:

(A) Pay to each case the amount of support due for the current month; and

(B) Pay the remainder of the amount withheld in equal amounts to each case where past due support is owed. However, no case shall receive more than the total amount of current support and past due support owed to that case at the time the payment is made.

(b) If the amount withheld is not sufficient to pay the current support due to each case, each case shall be paid a proportionate share of the amount withheld. The withholder shall determine this for each case by dividing the monthly amount ordered as current support for that case by the combined monthly amount ordered as current support for all cases relative to the same obligor, and multiplying this percentage by the total amount withheld.

(10) An order to withhold income is not subject to the limitations of ORS 18.385.

(11) A withholder shall withhold funds as directed in the order to withhold, except that when a withholder receives an income-withholding order issued by another state, the withholder shall apply the income-withholding law of the state of the obligorís principal place of employment in determining:

(a) The withholderís fee for processing an income-withholding order;

(b) The maximum amount permitted to be withheld from the obligorís income;

(c) The time periods within which the withholder must implement the income-withholding order and forward the child support payment;

(d) The priorities for withholding and allocating income withheld for multiple child support obligees; and

(e) Any withholding terms or conditions not specified in the order. [Formerly 25.351; 2001 c.455 §10; 2003 c.73 §33; 2003 c.572 §9]

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