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Arizona's Sheriff Arpaio seeks out those owing child support

Whether celebrated or vilified, most will admit that Maricopa County's Sheriff Joe Arpaio gets results. This was once again demonstrated this past Father's Day, when Sheriff's Deputies and volunteers went out in search of men and women with outstanding warrants. Specifically, the people they went looking for were all parents who were not paying their child support as ordered. With about 300 outstanding warrants received by the Sheriff's Office each year, deputies take certain days, such as Father's Day, Mother's Day and Valentine's Day, to focus on executing the warrants.

Child support orders and modifications in Arizona

Arizona parents going through the divorce process may be interested in hearing about an unusual twist concerning child support payments. A couple in Iowa were divorced in 2004 and for years afterward, they fought over the terms of their divorce settlement and custody of their children. In 2011, the ex-wife was convicted of first-degree murder and incarcerated. Despite her conviction and loss of custody of her children, a judge ruled that her ex-husband had to pay her back child support and divorce settlement payments.

Ex-husband of "Breaking Bad" actress seeks child support payments

Parenthood often means making difficult decisions regarding children. This is especially true for parents dealing with a divorce. Arizona parents are aware that child custody and child support decisions are not easily made during a divorce, and they often create tension and arguments between parents. They can greatly affect the divorcing spouses, as well as the children, during dissolution and post-divorce. Even when an amicable child support arrangement is reached, the agreement might later require modification or enforcement.

Child support in Arizona: collection efforts and modifications

Arizona parents with a child support order may be interested to learn about new efforts states are taking to collect child support payments. Currently, when a parent isn't paying as ordered, many states will garnish wages, withhold tax returns, deny passports or suspend business licenses. But there are limitations to these efforts. For example, states may not be able to impose the penalties if the paying parent has remarried, as the new spouse cannot be penalized for the parent-spouse's failure to pay.

Child support orders and modifications in Arizona

Many of us know of or have heard of someone owing back payments of child support. Called arrears, there are many reasons why someone with a support order has not paid all the money owed to date, including unemployment, large medical bills or simple not wanting to adhere to the order. Recently, a man in Chicago took owing child support to a new level: he owes over half a million dollars.

Serious penalties for man's failure to pay child support

People shirk their responsibilities for many different reasons. Some may do it because they really feel that they cannot comply with the responsibility. Others may do it because they think they can get away with non-complaince. Child support is one area where, unfortunately, many Arizona residents fail to handle their obligations. But the penalties for failure to pay child support can be surprising and quite detrimental to everyone involved.

Child support order for sperm donor

In a unique case involving a father's rights and responsibilities, a court in Kansas has determined that a donor who provided sperm to impregnate a lesbian woman must now pay years of child support for the baby that he helped to create. The decision has made headlines across the country as politicians and the public debate to what extent a biological father's responsibilities for child support exist.

Billions in child support goes unpaid

Divorce can bring on a whole host of contested legal issues such as property division, spousal support, and child custody. Perhaps one of the most disputed aspects of a divorce is child support. Reaching a child support settlement can be difficult, and many times must be argued for or against in front of a judge. Once a final determination is made, issues may arise when payments are incomplete or missing. The child may suffer as a result, and a failure to pay child support may lead to penalties for the owing parent.

Twitter investor allegedly hid asset in child support request

Arizona social media followers may already know that Twitter recently went public with its stock. When that happened, anyone that had shares before Nov. 7 stood to gain a substantial amount of money. One such investor allegedly failed to disclose the fact that she even owned shares of stock in the social media site during her divorce. Her now ex-husband claims she withheld the existence of her shares while asking for child support that was not in line with his earnings.

Extra-curricular costs might be a factor in child support

Arizona's child support laws are, for the most part, pretty straightforward. Although certain aspects of divorce are negotiable or aren't always necessary, divorcing parents can generally assume that child support payments will be included in their settlement.

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