Terms Used In Vermont Statutes Title 15 Sec. 781

  • Court: means the court with jurisdiction over the proceeding. See
  • Obligation: An order placed, contract awarded, service received, or similar transaction during a given period that will require payments during the same or a future period.
  • Obligor: means the person required to pay support under a support order. See
  • Support: means periodic payments ordered for the support of dependent children or, for the purposes of sections 783-790 of this title only, a spouse. See
  • Wages: means any compensation paid or payable for personal services, whether designated as wages, salary, commission, bonuses, or otherwise, and shall include periodic payments under pension or retirement programs, workers' compensation, or insurance policies of any type. See

§ 781. Withholding wages upon issuance or modification of support order after July 1, 1990

All orders for child support made or modified on or after July 1, 1990 shall include an order for immediate wage withholding in an amount equal to the support obligation and any obligation to pay support arrearages, unless the court finds good cause not to order immediate wage withholding or the parties have entered into an alternative arrangement by written agreement which is affirmatively stated in the order. In determining good cause, the court may consider a history of financial responsibility toward the family and the absence of any threat by the obligor to withhold financial support from the family. (Added 1983, No. 222 (Adj. Sess.); amended 1985, No. 63, § 6; 1989, No. 220 (Adj. Sess.), § 3; 1997, No. 63, § 9, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.)