A bankruptcy wage order is a method for making trustee payments during a chapter 13 bankruptcy case. The wage order is entered by a bankruptcy judge and is directed to a debtor’s employer. It requires the employer to withhold a set amount from the debtor’s wages and distribute that money directly to the chapter 13 trustee. The primary purpose of the order is to ensure that the required payments are made in full and on time, and may enhance the likelihood that a chapter 13 case will be successfully completed. A chapter 7 case does not require a debtor to make payments to a trustee, so wage orders are not necessary in those cases.