CHILD SUPPORT COLLECTION/ENFORCEMENT:
If you need child support enforcement or collection help or if you need assistance in fighting child support enforcement in Phoenix, Arizona, there are certain facts you should know.
Calculating Arizona Child Support Payments
Arizona uses the child support guidelines adopted by the Arizona Supreme Court in order to ensure that a fair share of each parent’s income and resources are given to the child. The amount of support is determined by the needs of the child, the finances of each parent, the amount of visitation with the child(ren), and the incidental costs of child care, medical support, and medical expenses.
Enforcing Child Support
Arizona DCSE office has the authority to utilize a number of options for enforcing court ordered child support payments. These include income withholding; new hire reporting; liens against real and personal property; unemployment and worker’s compensation insurance deductions; driver’s license, professional license, and recreational license suspension; passport denial; federal tax offsets; interception of lottery winnings; credit bureau reporting; and judicial procedures.
Arizona Child Support Information
As of early 2004, DCSE implanted a new program to allow parents to obtain information about their case. The Interactive Voice Response (IVR) Telephone System updates information about each child support case at the end of each business day. This system also allows you to access information about your payments and the status of your case without waiting to speak with a customer service agent. The IVR program can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 602-252-4045 OR 1-800-882-4151.
If you are a parent seeking to enforce the other parent’s payment of child support to you, Phoenix-area attorneys at Lasiter & Jackson can help you obtain back child support payments and interest along with reimbursement for children’s co-pays and prescriptions. A parent who does not make these payments in a timely manner can be held in contempt of court, placed in jail until payment is made and, many times he or she may be ordered to pay the other parent’s attorneys’ fees incurred in collecting back child support.
If you are a parent who has been unfairly sued for for child support collection or medical expenses, Phoenix-area attorneys at Lasiter & Jackson can help you avoid unfair money judgments and interest, avoid jail time, arrange for a reasonable payment plan or modify your current child support order.
Call Phoenix attorneys Lasiter & Jackson at (602) 234-5900.