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

  • Me and my ex were never married. and he lives in Kansas. i need to file for child support. who do i file with Kansas or Arizona.
  • I had a child at 16 and my parents are paying for everything she and I need. The babies dad turned 18 right before I had her and he does not help in anyway with support. He comes to see her for a hour or so every time he and his new girlsfriend are fighting, how can I get child support for our daughter even though I am only 16. My parents should not have to pay for all her care.
  • Does a parent have to provide child support for an illegal citizen? what are Arizona laws on this subject?
  • I have 2 children for whom I am receiving child support. once one of them turns 18, am I required to submit a new child support order, or will the clearinghouse automatically calculate a new amount for one child only?
  • CAN CHILD SUPPORT TAKE THE MONEY I RECEIVE FROM A LAW SUIT
  • If I sign my rights over will I have to still pay child support?
  • If I live in the same state but different county from my kids and their mom can I file for paternity and to set child support and parenting time in my county?
  • divorced in 2003, my kids are 18 and 20 now and still paying suport how does it stop? the 20 year old lives out of state on his own.
  • My ex wants more child support. We agreed upon a number and I have been sending that amount into the clearing house. Then she wanted it back dated 6 months and her attorney said I had to pay it. None of this has been court ordered and they have not mailed anything to me. I have not been making as much money as I had been, real estate, how can I get this reduced to what it was before. And, do I have to pay the new amount if there is NO order?
  • 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?

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