If you are an Arizona parent in the midst of divorce proceedings, there may be many questions you need answered. You may be unsure of exactly what to expect with regard to child support and child custody. This post is designed to provide some of that information.
Child support is primarily about the financial well-being of the children it covers. However, there are many other equally important elements of support to consider. Even if you are not the custodial parent, you are still entitled to play an active role in the lives of your children and support their emotional and psychological needs.
When it comes to the financial aspect of child support, you can expect the court to issue a child support order providing details regarding who should pay, how much should be paid and when as well as to whom the money should be remitted. It is not only in cases of divorce or separation that a court may be asked to issue a child support order; it also applies in the case of parents who lived together but never married, but are splitting up, or when a single parent requests child support from the other party. In Arizona, child support is typically paid to the Support Payment Clearinghouse and then paid out to the parent receiving the support. In the case of employed parents owing support, the payments may be deducted from their wages.
Child support payments are the first payments to be paid before any other debt, according to Arizona law. When your ex-partner does not pay the required child support, you may benefit from consulting an attorney. The attorney can file an enforcement action. In the same way, an enforcement action can be pursued by your attorney if your ex-partner does not allow you to spend the allotted time with your children.
When it comes to child custody and child support matters, the best interests of a child is always the primary consideration. Therefore, you should not hesitate to consult a family law attorney to ensure the protection of your children’s well-being. At the same time, the interests of the both parents can be protected, and professional assistance is available to pursue enforcement of those rights.
Source: azlawhelp.org, “Child support article“, Accessed on April 4, 2015