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 court order has required me to pay for medical insurance for my daughter which I have done. My court order also states that each party is responsibe for one half of all uncovered medical expenses. We currently are in a situation where our medical deductible has not been met therefore a total hospital bill is due in the amount of $2200 for my daughter. My ex wife is refusing to pay her half...what do I need to do?
  • I have overpaid child support because I was working 2 jobs at once (for a few months) and the clearinghouse took from both paychecks. Can I file for reimbursement, and if so, how do I do that?
  • How much time do I need to give when requesting modification of child support when one lives out of state
  • Can child support be reinstated after the age of 18 if the child is disabled and cannot work? We are currently applying for disability for her, but it has not been established yet. In the meantime, medical bills are piling up.
  • if my friend ask me to get her pregnant and she tells me I will not have to have any financial liability can she still take me for child support? what papers should we get signed so I wont be responsible for this child
  • Can the parents agree to pay the child support directly to the other parent without using the clearing house?
  • I am currently paying my arreaarages for child support, but was awarded to claim my daughter in odd years. In 2005, she would not let me take the deduction and again this year; telling me because I am not current that I cannot claim her. Is this true? If yes, what is the statute? If no, what steps do I need to take that she is not following a court order?
  • I am a full time college student in Arkansas. My girlfriend and 4 year old son moved back to Phoenix to live with her dad and his family. I receive VA benefits to attend college and with rent and other items. I have also started working part time, at night, as the money I receive doesn't cover everything. I live very modestly as I don't have much time to do things. I received court papers suing for child support. She and I had already discussed our financial situation. She works full time with the Laveen school system. I try to assist with money but it's very hard. What can I do?
  • My daughter is turning 18 but won’t graduate high school till she’s 19. She has been alienated from me and refuses to spend any time with me. Stays with her mother. Can I emancipate her when she turns 18 and stop child support without waiting till she’s 29 and graduated high school.
  • Do I have to pay arrears if the child's an adult & her & her mother move out of the country?

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