Child support should always be paid via wage garnishment though the Arizona Support Payment Clearinghouse. After a valid Court order determining the amount of the child support obligation, an Order of Assignment should be issued. This Order of Assignment should be provided to the employer of the parent owing the support obligation and will detail the amount of the payment obligation as well as when the payment obligation begins. Once the Order of Assignment becomes active, the support obligation should be deducted automatically from the paying parent’s paycheck and issued directly to the Arizona Support Payment Clearinghouse for payment to the payee. The custodial parent will have two channels to collect their child support:
- Direct deposit to their bank account or
- Utilize a support payment card (much like a debit card).
When parents split the financial obligation to support the minor child(ren) often becomes a contested issue. And in some cases, even when a non-custodial parent is ordered to pay child support to the custodial parent, that does not necessarily mean that they will always abide by the Court order. When this occurs, an enforcement action may be necessary. Accordingly, the state of Arizona views child support as much more than just a financial obligation. Rather, child support is both a moral and ethical obligation which supports the physical, emotional, and psychological needs of children. This concept is so safeguarded by state law that failure to pay child support can result in contempt proceedings, fines, as well as jail time.
If you are running into issues collecting child support contact the Child Support Enforcement Attorneys of Reppucci & Roeder to help secure the financial support that you and your family are legally entitled to.