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.


Comments:

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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QUESTIONS

  • My ex and I are not a couple. But we are raising our children together. Can I still get child support from him if he is never there to help raise our kids.
  • I am 17 years old , do I legally have to have my mothers consent to leave to another state? What age can you travel to another state without parents permission?
  • Was just awarded child support for my 7 year old son. Would now like to file for payments for previous 3 years which I understand is as far back as law allows. Which forms do I need to file to achieve this?
  • My ex is enrolled in a tribe here in arizona along with our 4 children (i am not enrolled with the tribe). He has failed to pay child support for the past year. How do i enforce child support through the tribe? Is it possible?
  • I have two kids with my ex girlfriend. We are no longer together. I make a transfer each week to her account in the same amount. We never went to court. Would she be able to say that this wasnt child support money when we do go to court?
  • I want to know how and where to proceed with collecting my money that was finalized with my divorce such as the 401k plan that I was awarded and my child support for 1,064 dollars a month that I havent recieved and if there is a time frame in collecting this money
  • Im 21 i have two kids that are 2yrs old from different moms i do my best to support them and i am part of there lifes but i was placed on child support by one of my sons mom and i was ordered to pay back support and child supp and the court was supposed to take it out of my check from work and nothings happen but i recently heard that my sons mother dropped the child support she was ordered full custody is that still in effect even tho she dropped child support? and why havent they taking out of my checks?
  • How can I turn my ex over to the dead beat parent program? He refuses to pay his child support and owes around 36k
  • The child support worksheet has childcare listed, what does the word discretionary mean next to it? My children's father is suppose to pay childcare costs and now refusing because he says the word discretionary means its up to him to decide. Is that right? This amount is also a factor in figuring out the final child support amount? He pays 452.80 for 3 kids. But refuses to pay the childcare...just need some advice. Thx
  • Where does a father file to start child support when he lives in Indiana and she and the child lives in Kentucky. Does he start it in Indiana where he lives or Kentucky where the child and mother live?

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