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 son is 18 and will graduate HS next spring. He has already been accepted to ASU west and will live at home since it is so close to the house. Can I have my ex continue to pay child support if he is in college and living at home?
  • When we got divorced my ex made very little money. Now she make 4 times the amount she was making, and significantly more than I make. Does she have to report that to tbe courts. Or do I have to file to have this adjusted
  • Father is on medical leave and claims he has no funds or getting any disability is he still suppose to pay. What do I do to get by I count on the support to live
  • Live in arizona, maricopa county. My husband just found out he fathered a child who is now 10 years old (she never told him until 1 month ago). Can she sue for back child support from the time child was born??
  • I pay child support to my ex. It used to be taken directly out of my paycheck but 2 years ago I quit my job to be a stay at home parent. I have still been up to date on child support payments i have just been paying the support online through ipayonline through AZ.gov. My questions is there anything i should feel out to inform the courts that i no longer have an employer?
  • Both of my children have reached the age of eighteen and are not currently continuing their education. How do I get the state to discontinue taking child support payments out of my paycheck?
  • How can I turn my ex over to the dead beat parent program? He refuses to pay his child support and owes around 36k
  • I recently had another child with my current wife. I have 2 children with my ex wife I would like to modify my child support since I have another child in my life which is the correct form to fill out and can I do this without going to court being that I live in a diffrent state than my ex and kids?
  • Okay, my daughter is 37 years old. Married and is there a chance to end the child support as it's been deducted from my check for along as I've been employed. Over 30 years. I know there were arrears but isn't there something one can do as it prevents jobs, loans etc. Rudy
  • How do they calculate amount of child support one pays

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