Rules outlining how alimony payments can be deducted from ex-spouses' wages will go to the provisional legislature in January. The law giving courts the power to order such deductions was approved in June. It stipulates that if ex-spouses default on maintenance payments without a reasonable excuse, a judge can order employers to deduct money and pass it on to the wife or husband. The Chief Justice Rules will cover procedures on applications, issue and enforcement of orders, information to be included in supporting documents and other details. Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood member Bruce Liu Sing-lee told the provisional legislature's home affairs panel it would be hard to deduct income from the self-employed. Principal assistant secretary for home affairs Ng Hon-wah said there could be a problem with people like hawkers and taxi drivers. 'However, the payee can still demand the payment by means of civil litigation,' he said.