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Income Related Enforcement

Income Assignment Against Employment Wages
Colorado Child Support Services (CSS) has the authority to issue an income assignment for current and past due support. An income assignment is issued to the employer of the parent required to pay child support to deduct the required amount from wages or other income. CSS may learn of employment by monitoring Department of Labor wage data or from "New Hire Reports" the employer is required to submit to the state.

Legal Authority:
Section 14-14-111.5, C.R.S.

New Hire Reporting
Federal and State Laws require all employers to report new hires to their respective State Directory of New Hires. "Employer" means the person or entity doing business in the state and engaging an employee for pay and for whom the employer withholds federal or state tax from the employee's pay. For example, an employer who is required to provide a W-2 Form for an employee must also report that he has recently hired that employee. CSS agencies have access to new hire information to check against their caseloads in order to locate a person who has child support obligations.

Legal Authority:
42 U.S.C. 653A
Section 26-13-125, C.R.S.

Unemployment Compensation Benefits
People who owe child support and receive Unemployment Compensation Benefits (UCB) through Colorado's Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) are subject to having their child support obligations deducted from their weekly benefit amount. Colorado law mandates CDLE to withhold child support payments to fulfill child support obligations.

Legal Authority:
Section 8-73-102, C.R.S.
Section 14-14-111.5, C.R.S.

Workers Compensation
CSE Unit has the authority to attach Workers' Compensation benefits from those obligated to pay child support. Weekly benefits or lump sum payouts may be attached to satisfy a child support obligation.

Legal Authority:
Section 26-13-122, C.R.S.