Deduction from Earnings Order (DEO)
Where child maintenance payments are missed on a regular basis, the Child Maintenance Service can issue a 'Deduction from Earnings Order' (DEO) direct to the employer of the Paying Parent.
- A DEO does not require an application to court - and can remove upto 40% of a Paying Parents income each week/month.
- Once a DEO is in place, the Paying Parent is legally obliged to report certain changes to their employment status.
- Appealing a DEO's is not easy, and can only be done under limited circumstances.
- DEO's are not effective against Self Employed, or Paying Parents that control their own payroll.
- A charge of £50 is made when a DEO is imposed. Whilst that is a single fee, the employer is entitled to charge a nominal sum each time a deduction is made.
- The employer is legally obliged to impose the DEO, and may face prosecution if they fail to do so.