For whatever reason, there are many situations where one parent chooses to skip out on agreed upon child support payment. The good news for those living in Arizona though is the fact there are a handful of option available to help parents enforce the terms of the support agreement.
The Child Support Enforcement Program
For starters, in Arizona, The Child Support Enforcement Program exists to help strengthen families by making sure financial support for children from their noncustodial parent are secured. It was established in 1975 as part of the Social Security Act. In addition to fostering parent responsibility and reducing welfare costs, the program can also be beneficial because it might make parents be more active in other areas of their child’s life outside of finances.
Arizona courts also make an effort to help you enforce divorce decrees to make sure parents are supporting their children and to reduce the cost on the taxpayer. If a parent becomes delinquent on child support for more than $5,000, an arrest warrant will be issued. A photo can also be place on Arizona’s Department of Economic Security website’s “Wanted” list.
Utilizing the aforementioned route is considered aggressive by some, but it is not the only option. In the event the delinquent parent is able to pay but has failed to do so, local authorities can enforce payments through asset seizure, wage garnishment, and/or by placing a lien against their property.
One last option to make sure you get the child support agreed upon is by simply reducing the amount of child support owed. Maybe the non-custodial parent has a different financial situation and can no longer pay the original amount. They might be eligible to have that amount reduced.
Sometimes, these enforcement options are not good enough to get the child support you are owed. If that is the case, or if you want to know what option might work best for you, then contacting an experienced lawyer is in your best interest.
Contact an Arizona Child Support Attorney
In Arizona, the Law Office of Karen Schoenau has lawyers that have been handling child support for many years. They are ready to help you with your situation.
Call today at 480-468-3435 or toll free at 888-391-5872.
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