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Arizona program helps parents with their child support needs

It may take a village to raise a child, but it also takes money. This means that if a child's parents break up or divorce, one parent may be obligated to pay child support. The state of Arizona recognizes that child support is an important part of raising a child in a stable and healthy environment and provides assistance to help custodial parents and non-custodial parents.

Arizona's Child Support Services program began in 1975. It is a joint federal, state and local service which receives and distributes child support payments from non-custodial parents. It aims to make sure that children receive financial support from both of their parents. It also aims to make families in Arizona more self-sufficient by providing them with the necessary services and resources to promote responsible parenting. Finally, it aims to lower the amount of welfare that comes out of residents' taxes.

Sometimes life circumstances prevent a non-custodial parent from paying child support. For example, the non-custodial parent might not have the ability or education to obtain employment. The non-custodial parent may also suffer from a mental illness. Finally, the non-custodial parent may abuse drugs or alcohol. All of this can make it difficult for the non-custodial parent to obtain the employment he or she needs in order to afford to pay child support.

The Child Support Services program works with other entities to give both the non-custodial parent and the custodial parent the necessary services that will help them become self-sufficient. For example, the program may collaborate with the food stamps program, may work with programs that would provide a parent with financial assistance, may help parents obtain child care so they can work, and the program may provide vocational rehabilitation programs so parents can find employment.

As this shows, Arizona's Child Support Services program is an important facet in making sure that children in the state are taken care of by both of their parents, even if their parents are no longer in a relationship with one another. Parents who want to learn more about this program or who have questions about any other child support issues may want to speak to an attorney.

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