Title 15
Domestic Relations

Chapter 16
Income Withholding

R.I. Gen. Laws § 15-16-5.1

§ 15-16-5.1. Immediate income withholding — Support orders issued or modified on or after January 1, 1994.

(a)(1) With respect to a support order issued, enforced, or modified on or after January 1, 1994, the income of an obligor shall be subject to immediate income withholding under this chapter on the effective date of the order, regardless of whether support payments by the obligor are in arrears; provided, that the income of the obligor shall not be subject to immediate income withholding:

(i) If a judge or magistrate of the family court finds that there is good cause not to require immediate income withholding; or

(ii) If the obligor and obligee, and the department in the case of an obligee subject to an assignment of support rights under § 40-6-9, enter into a written agreement or order which provides for an alternative arrangement for the timely payment of support due under the support order.

(2) In no event shall the court order wage withholding payable to the obligee directly from any wage withholding agent.

(b) The obligor shall be given advance notice, by way of the pleadings or otherwise, that his or her income is subject to immediate income withholding as provided in subsection (a) of this section, that the maximum amount of income to be withheld may not exceed the limit permitted under § 303(b) of the Consumer Credit Protection Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1673(b), and that he or she may contest immediate income withholding, and assert any defenses, exceptions, or exemptions to which he or she may be entitled at a hearing before a judge or magistrate of the family court.

(c) With the exception of those income withholding orders issued pursuant to § 15-23.1-501, an immediate income withholding order issued under this section shall be filed by the department or the obligee with the clerk of the family court or, as appropriate, with the reciprocal office of the family court and shall be subject to the provisions of §§ 15-16-9 — 15-16-13.

History of Section.
P.L. 1990, ch. 478, § 1; P.L. 1994, ch. 209, § 1; P.L. 1996, ch. 129, § 6; P.L. 1996, ch. 131, § 6; P.L. 1996, ch. 132, § 6; P.L. 1996, ch. 133, § 6; P.L. 1997, ch. 170, § 25; P.L. 1998, ch. 442, § 7; P.L. 2001, ch. 155, § 4.