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New efforts to get people to pay child support may be working

Raising children in Arizona can be expensive. Simply meeting their basic needs of food, clothing and shelter is not always easy. Parents have to provide for their child though. This is true even when parents are separated or divorced. Therefore, child support can be extremely important for a child. However, despite the importance, some people do not follow the court orders and do not pay their child support.

The governor in Arizona was apparently fed up with fathers who did not pay child support and started a public awareness campaign. The governor's office started posting the photos of fathers who did not pay child support on social media platforms. By putting their names in the public, the thought was that the fathers may want avoid being known as "deadbeat dads."

Apparently the campaign may be working. One father who had not paid child support in almost a year, voluntarily went to court and started making payments. The governor's office has received over 300 tips so far as well. However, at this time they are focusing on posting those who have not paid in over six months or have a child support warrant.

There are also other legal methods to enforce child support orders besides posting photos on social media. The parent who is not receiving child support can attempt to collect through income withholding, by intercepting tax returns and many other methods.

Unfortunately, some people in Arizona do not paid their court ordered child support. The governor of Arizona wanted to help change this and has launched a public awareness campaign that seems to be helping. However, there are other methods to collect child support as well. Parents who are owed child support but are not receiving their required payments may want to contact an experienced attorney.

Source: KTAR News, "Governor's Office: Arizona deadbeat dad social media campaign working" Corbin Carson, March 10, 2016

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