Child Support Article

Services Offered by Arizona Department of Child Support Services (DCSS)

Both parties should be aware that they can apply from services from Arizona Department of Economic Security/ Division of Child Support Services (DCSS). DCSS can assist either party to establish, modify or enforce a child support order. The services provided by DCSS are either without cost or at a nominal cost (not exceeding $25.00 per year). The use of these services does not prevent wither parent from having an attorney represent them or filling their own court actions concerning support.

The services of DCSS can include:
  1. Reviewing the case for possible modification;
  2. Calculating the proper amount of arrears;
  3. Locating the address and current employer of the parent obligated to pay child support;
  4. Obtaining or withholding benefits from employer, Workers' Compensation and Unemployment Insurance;
  5. Seizure (intercept) of obligor's Federal and State income tax refunds, lottery prizes or banking accounts;
  6. Suspension or revocation of professional or occupational licenses (such as a contractor's licenses);
  7. Placing a lien for unpaid child support on real property, including homes and other real estate;
  8. Initiating cases to the child support agencies of other states to be enforced in the court of that state;
  9. Referral to the U. S, Attorney General's Office for criminal prosecution; and /or
  10. Reporting name of the obligor to the U.S. Secretary of State for passport denial.
To obtain further information about applying for DCSS services, go to any DCSS office, or contact:

DES Division of Child Support Services
P.O. Box 40458
Phoenix, AZ 85067
Customer Service: 602-252-4045
Toll-Free: 1-800-882-4151
Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Mountain Time

Attached Document
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  • I am seeking to get sole custody of my daughter as well as child support from the father. He is not aware that I am beginnning this process. I got the paperwork I need to file. After looking it over, I noticed that I need information (SSN, income, etc.) of his that I don't know. I don't think he'll give me this info willingly. Am I required to have all of this information before filing the paperwork?
  • My 16 year old lives with her older sister can her sister file for child support from their father?
  • my husband had an affair and has someone pregnant. i want to know if she files for child support will there touch my wages.
  • Original visitation & support orders were given in WA eight years ago. That order included $650 a month in childcare which is no longer needed since the child is 11. The custodial parent lived in CA at the time of order, but filed in WA. The non-custodial parent now resides in AZ. If the non-custodial parent was to modify the support order, what state would that be in …. in AZ? Or is jurisdiction still WA?
  • What could i do to enforce for my kids father to give me childsupport...? I have court order for it but he still doesn't give me nothing???
  • 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
  • My ex husband and my self are going to court to modify our child support since our oldest child turned 18. My question is since we divorced he had 2 other childred after ours that he now pays support for. When we modify can he deduct that amount he pays for his second child support off his imcome when we file for modifaction?
  • My ex-husband and I divorced in 1992 in KS and had 3 minor children at the time. My ex rarely paid his support and actually owes his children thousands of dollars. The question: the children are adults who have been residents of AZ for many years. They now really need funds and I'm unable to help. How would I initiate an audit of monies owed, and where do I start since none of us have been residents of KS for many years. My ex resides in SC. I have been told there are no time limitations to child support.
  • I never took my son father down for child support . He was in prison for 8of the 14 years of our son life. Now I want child support. And to know if they will go back and make him pay for the back years
  • Can the non-custodial parent gain legal status if he/she owes 5 years of back pay child support?




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  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Maricopa County Bar
    Referral number 602-257-4434
  • Pima County Bar
    Referral number 520-623-4625
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline
  • Bankruptcy Court Self Help Center
  • Certified Legal Document Preparer Program