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Payment of Arizona child support arrears -- Part II

Arizona parents might agree that divorce hits children very hard. What most spouses fail to realize is that although they have fallen out of love, their children still have a desire to live with both parents under the same roof. Hence, in the best interests of the child, U.S. courts, including those in Arizona, award child custody to one parent. The court will generally order the other to pay child support. It is a U.S. law to pay child support in all 50 states, including in Arizona.

In an earlier post, the fact that paying child support is mandatory was discussed and if the non-custodial parent fails to pay child support on time, the custodial parent can contact the Arizona Division of Child Support Services (DCSS). The DCSS can help the custodial parent to retrieve the child support from the other parent.

In this post, the settlement program of the DCSS will be examined. The DCSS started the settlement program to help the noncustodial parent to pay child support. Arizona parents, who have been burdened with large child support amounts, can contact the DCSS, which will, in turn, help the noncustodial parent to pay child support. It is a voluntary program, which was initiated by the state and anyone, including the custodial parent, the noncustodial parent and the state that is participating.

There are times when a noncustodial parent's wages may be withheld, if the person is delinquent with child support payments. Once all of the child support payments have been paid, the noncustodial parent's wages will no longer be withheld.

Once the child support has been made, but the child support case is still active, the case will still be reported to the credit rating companies. Nonetheless, if the case is closed, a report to that effect will be made to the credit rating companies.

Source: AZ.gov, "Arizona Child Support Settlement Program," accessed on June 21, 2015

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