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Penalties for not paying child support in Arizona

In Arizona, child support orders generally remain in place until the child is at least 18 years old. Under some circumstances they can last longer than that. An order put in place when the child is young could last well over ten years. Over that amount of time there can be many changes in the parents' lives.

Man caught in odd child support case starts jail sentence

There are many people in Arizona who receive child support and others who have to pay child support. This is generally based on the parents' respective incomes and the time they spend with the child. However, the parent required to pay does not always pay the court-ordered child support as directed. Some have good reasons for not paying, but they may face consequences, even jail time, if they don't pay.

Arizona man arrested for failing to pay child support

For many people in Arizona, establishing a child support order is relatively easy. Either at the time of divorce or, in the case of unwed parents, at a hearing to establish paternity, child support is ordered at an amount either agreed to by the parties or determined by a judge in accordance with state child support guidelines. The hard part for many parents, however, is child support enforcement. Simply being ordered to pay a certain amount does not mean that the person will actually pay it. Some individuals are very good at evading child support collection efforts and end up owing large amounts of child support.

18 parents arrested for failing to pay child support

Many parents in Arizona are currently ordered to pay child support. Child support is important for children to help ensure that their needs are met. This financial obligation can have a big effect on both the parent paying and the parent receiving the child support. Sometimes the parent paying the child support falls behind in his or her payments. When this happens, child support enforcement is important to help ensure the child's financial needs are being met.

Maricopa warrants for nonpayment of child support acted upon

Raising a child can be expensive. Medical needs, school supplies, extracurricular expenses, and every day expenses can accumulate. While paying for these financial needs may be hard enough when a couple is together, a divorce can make covering these costs extremely difficult or impossible for a single parent. For this reason, child support is a hotly contested issue during a divorce.

Parents with lowest income are failing to pay child support

Child support is usually paid by a non-custodial parent for the proper care and upbringing of their child. Child support payments provide for the everyday expenses of the child such as food, clothing, transportation and medical expenses. When a parent fails to pay child support the child's needs may not be met.

Inmates struggle with child support obligations while incarcerated

Child support payments are legal financial obligations that must be paid according to the terms of the child support orders. When child support obligations go unfulfilled, serious consequences may occur. In Arizona, failure to pay child support can result in tax refund interceptions, suspension of drivers' and recreational licenses, liens on personal property and real estate, and even jail time.

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