Child Support Article

The Cash Assistance Program and Child Support

The Cash Assistance Program and Child Support

By Southern Arizona Legal Aid, Inc.

Child support -- it is your child's right!

There are many children who are not getting support from both parents. If you are not getting child support for your children, this article may give you information that will help you.

Each parent has the duty to support his or her children until they reach 18. If a child is disabled, the duty to support may continue past age 18. Under the law, child support is paid by wage-assignment through the payer's job. There are very few exceptions to this law. In most cases, you must cooperate with the Division of Child Support Enforcement (DCSE) to get Cash Assistance. If you are getting Cash Assistance, certain child support can be kept by DES to pay back these benefits. If your family stops getting Cash Assistance, the child support paid for the current month must be sent to you immediately.

Resources To Get a Child Support Order or to Enforce an Existing Child Support Order - The following resources may help you get a child support order or enforce an existing child support order:

DES Division of Child Support Enforcement (DCSE) - Under the law, DCSE must help custodial parents and their children get child and medical support orders. If you get Cash Assistance, you must give DCSE information about your child's other parent, unless you meet one of the "good cause exceptions." This information will allow DCSE start collection efforts. For more information click on the DES Division of Child Support Enforcement web site.

Superior Court System - Pima County Superior Court -Quick Court has do-it-yourself forms to file for child support. For more information about Quick Court in Pima County, you should contact Pima County Superior Court, 110 W. Congress, Tucson, Arizona 85701 at (520) 740-3201. In other counties, you should contact your local court to see if they have a similar service.

Legal Aid Organizations - Legal aid offices often have workshops to assist low income parents get a divorce, paternity order or child support. For more information, contact the legal aid office in your area. Be sure to choose the county where you live on the right side of the page; and find an office near you under the "Find Legal Help" on this website.

Private Attorneys - A private attorney can help you get child support through a divorce or paternity lawsuit. To help you find a private attorney who may be able to help you in Pima County, you should contact the Pima County Lawyer Referral Service at (520) 623-4625. In other counties, you should check the local phone book to find a private attorney or a similar referral service.


On 2/17/08
carlos said
When someone gets assistance in arizona, does that give AZ jurisdiction, dispite the child not being here 6 mos?

On 7/17/07
Dena said
Its been 3 yrs since iv appliied for childsupport ive provided evertthing ss # every thing i still havent recieved an order or child support they still havent located him what can i do

On 5/24/07
Leaha said
How does a mother receive any kind of assistance when the father is incarcerated?

On 5/21/07
Susan said
Why is it when the mother is receiving child support and also state assistants, the state wants the father to pay for the assistant that the mother is receiving.

On 12/13/06
Andy said
To Kellie: Cuz they already got it! And know the state wants it back, that's why!

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  • The des is trying to collect child support from me that I do not owe. What is the appeal process?
  • i make my child support payments on time and i am never behind. but i have reason to believe that the money is not being spent for my kids but to better her and her new husbands lives. Can i demand to see receipts that she is actually spending the money for my kids?
  • My daughter will turn 18 at the end of January, but is still in high school, senior, graduates in May. Is there a form for me to fill out to keep the C.S. obligation going? Also I am married now but the clearing house still knows me by my old last name how can I change it?
  • I was granted a divorce in Arizona in 1998, my husband never paid child support or alimony. Can I request the court to get him to pay it to me now, even though it is years later?
  • I need to file a child support modication orig. filed in Tucson but I live in Iowa. How do I do that?
  • I recently moved to Phoenix from Chicago. I have a child support order from Cook County (Chicago)--will Maricopa County enforce that order? Do I file a standard petition for civil contempt or is there some added step?
  • My ex owes child support and arrears, and has a warrant. He lives out of the state. is it possible for him to be picked up on this warrant?
  • My babies dad failed to contact the court within the 21 day requirement and i was told to fill out the Application and Affidavit For Default and Entry Of Default. I am having some trouble filling it out. Is there a Number i can Call to help me fill it out?
  • my ex-boyfriend and i were never married. we have a two and a half year old son. i have not filed for child support but would like to. he has not been supportive and rarely comes to see our son. in the past 6 months, he visited our son twice.. he say's if im going to file, he wants joint custody. can this happen?
  • My child's father was granted full custody and support in march of 2004, my son has been in my physical custody sense may of 2004. that's 11 years no support, his father never contacted the court to let them know his situation changed. What can we do?


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  • He told me that I could actually get all the money I needed by using my home as collateral. . .
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