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Obtaining child support

Before Arizona parents are able to obtain a child support order, the relationship between the parents and the child must be established first. Maternity is established when the woman gives birth to the child. Paternity can be acknowledged in multiple ways.

Understanding different types of child support

Child support payments can be confusing for both non-custodial and custodial parents. Parents in Arizona may be affected by federal laws governing child support. To understand how child support works, it is important for parents to understand the different types.

Understanding child support obligations with joint custody

Determining child support can be one of the most difficult and complicated aspects of getting divorced. Child support is typically determined by the Child Support Standards Act, but that statute doesn't address joint custody. In order to determine joint custody obligations, parents and their legal representatives must sift through quite a bit of information. Here is a closer look at some of the factors that are used to determine child support in Arizona and other states throughout the country.

When parents are voluntarily impoverished to avoid child support

When some Arizona parents are ordered to pay child support, they attempt to shirk their financial responsibilities by becoming voluntarily unemployed or impoverished. Essentially, this means that a person may voluntarily leave his or her job or stay unemployed even when he or she has the opportunity to work. Some individuals may even work under the table so that their income is not reported.

How unemployment might affect child support payments

A parent in Arizona who loses a job is not automatically allowed to pay less in child support. If the parent is eligible for unemployment, the unemployment office needs to be notified about the child support order. Child support payments will then be deducted from the unemployment benefits.

Kevin Federline seeks more child support from Britney Spears

Arizona fans of singer Britney Spears might have heard about her successful Las Vegas residency. She earned $15 million per year there, but it also reportedly caused her ex-husband, Kevin Federline, to demand more in child support for their two sons.

Can a shared support enforcement system benefit states?

For Arizona parents who receive child support, tracking and enforcement payments by the paying parent is an important part of the process. Each state has its own system of doing this, and many states have attempted, planned or begun modernization efforts of these systems over the years. Currently, each state upgrades its own system with the federal government then reimbursing the state for 66 percent of the cost. The federal government is seeking to change the way this works.

Study of wage garnishment for child support and other reasons

A study released on Sept. 27 by the ADP Research Institute examined 2016 payroll data from 12 million workers and looked at wage garnishments. Some Arizona workers may be among the 7 percent throughout the country whose wages are garnished. More than 70 percent of people who face wage garnishment are men. Most of these garnishments are for unpaid child support. For women, wages are usually garnished for other types of debts such as student loans.

DNA testing to establish paternity

Some Arizona residents may have read about some high-profile paternity cases. For example, an early girlfriend of Mick Jagger's took him to court over the paternity of her daughter, and the two eventually became close. The founder of Apple, Steve Jobs, was also forced to acknowledge paternity of his daughter after a DNA test.

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