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When most Arizona parents find themselves before a court of law to discuss financial support, the matter is fairly straightforward. The custodial parent is usually seeking child support payments from the non-custodial parent, to assist with the costs of raising a shared child. There are certainly variations to these matters, such as when a parent seeks the help of the court in forcing compliance with an existing child support order or when one parent is asking for a modification in the amount of the payments.

Child support delinquencies and incarceration

Arizona parents may be interested to learn that there are some critics of laws that send people to jail for not paying child support. While it might be appropriate punishment in some cases where parents simply refuse to honor their obligations, some are just too poor to pay child support. When this is the case, they can fall behind and the amount they owe can quickly grow.

Social Security and child support in Arizona

When a non-custodial parent is receiving Social Security benefits and is failing to pay required child support, the custodial parent may be able to garnish a portion of those benefits through a subsequent court order. The ability to garnish Social Security benefits will depend on the kind of benefits the nonpaying parent receives, however, as Supplemental Security Insurance cannot be garnished.

Census sheds lights on late child support payments

The most recent data available from the Census Bureau shows how many parents did not receive the child they were owed in 2011. The data indicated that unpaid child support amounted to $14.3 billion in 2011, and the census collected information about the age, race and gender of parents who were supposed to be receiving child support. It appears that women in Arizona and around the country are less likely to pay their child support obligations than men.

Learning more about what child support covers

Many people believe that child support is and should be used to cover a child's basic needs. However, Arizona and other states have come up with support guidelines that take a variety of factors into consideration. Additionally, the courts assume that the custodial parent is already meeting the needs of the child and will typically not monitor that parent's spending habits.

Modifying child support in Arizona

Parents in Arizona may benefit from learning more about the state's provisions governing modifications to child support orders. In order to receive a modification, parents are required to prove to a family judge that a significant change in circumstances or living conditions has occurred. The changes warranting modification may concern the affairs of the noncustodial parent, the custodial parent and child or both parties. In certain states, the terms of child support orders are reevaluated by a family judge every few years.

Understanding the penalties for failure to pay child support

Child support in Florida is established after the parents of the child divorce or separate. The child support order can be written for the mother or father of the child. Income for the paying parent is taken into consideration when setting a monetary amount for child support. In many cases, one of the parents is also assigned the responsibility of providing medical insurance for the child in question.

How is child support determined in Arizona?

Arizona judges use statutory guidelines and consider a number of factors when determining the amount of child support one parent will be ordered to pay the other after a divorce or separation. Both parents are considered responsible for contributing a portion of money towards the care of a child. The guidelines provide a framework for the courts, but judges may deviate from the guidelines when individual circumstances so dictate.

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