California : Family Code: 4940-4946
(provided by Divorce Source, Inc.)
Published 5.20.98

4940. An income-withholding order issued in another state may be sent to the person or entity defined as the obligor's employer pursuant to Section 5210 without first filing a petition or comparable pleading or registering the order with a tribunal of this state.

4941. (a) Upon receipt of an income-withholding order, the obligor' s employer shall immediately provide a copy of the order to the obligor.

(b) The employer shall treat an income-withholding order issued in another state which appears regular on its face as if it had been issued by a tribunal of this state.

(c) Except as otherwise provided in subdivision (d) and Section 4942, the employer shall withhold and distribute the funds as directed in the withholding order by complying with terms of the order which specify any of the following:

(d) An employer shall comply with the law of the state of the obligor's principal place of employment for withholding from income with respect to any of the following:

4942. If an obligor's employer receives multiple income-withholding orders with respect to the earnings of the same obligor, the employer satisfies the terms of the multiple orders if the employer complies with the law of the state of the obligor's principal place of employment to establish the priorities for withholding and allocating income withheld for multiple child support obligees.

4943. An employer who complies with an income-withholding order issued in another state in accordance with this article is not subject to civil liability to any individual or agency with regard to the employer's withholding of child support from the obligor's income.

4944. An employer who willfully fails to comply with an income-withholding order issued by another state and received for enforcement is subject to the same penalties that may be imposed for noncompliance with an order issued by a tribunal of this state.

4945. (a) An obligor may contest the validity or enforcement of an income-withholding order issued in another state and received directly by an employer in this state in the same manner as if the order had been issued by a tribunal of this state. Section 4953 applies to the contest.

(b) The obligor shall give notice of the contest to:

4946. (a) A party seeking to enforce a support order or an income-withholding order, or both, issued by a tribunal of another state may send the documents required for registering the order to a support enforcement agency of this state.

(b) Upon receipt of the documents, the support enforcement agency, without initially seeking to register the order, shall consider and, if appropriate, use any administrative procedure authorized by the law of this state to enforce a support order or an income-withholding order, or both. If the obligor does not contest administrative enforcement, the order need not be registered. If the obligor contests the validity or administrative enforcement of the order, the support enforcement agency shall register the order pursuant to this chapter.


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