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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.

Making a child support agreement outside of court

There are a number of options available for Arizona parents who are getting a divorce and who would prefer not to go through litigation and have a judge make a child support decision. Parents might choose an alternative dispute resolution process. Arbitration is not very common in family law, but it may be used in some cases. It involves a neutral third party who listens to both sides and reaches a decision. The parents do not necessarily have to abide by the decision, and aspects of it might be changed later in court. With mediation and collaborative law, parents actively participate in resolving conflict and reaching a compromise.

Child support, parents and the DPPA

Noncustodial parents in Arizona and the rest of country who fail to pay child support payments as they have been ordered to do so may be subject to certain enforcement measures. One of those measures may include the Deadbeat Parents Punishment Act. Established in 1998, the DPPA is a federal child support statute aimed at penalizing parents who purposely fail to make child support payments by relocating to another state to avoid their obligations.

Paternal involvement and child support payments

Many Arizona fathers who do not reside with their children as a result of a divorce have been ordered by the court to pay child support. According to a study, fathers who are delinquent in making child support payments are likely to be employed fewer weeks out the year and have children with more than one partner. Parents in the United States paid $32.4 billion in child support through the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement in fiscal year 2015. The money went to the care and upbringing of their children.

Trump okay so far with Obama's child support changes

As one of his last duties as President, Barack Obama overhauled child support payment rules for parents who are in prison. Arizona residents may be interested in knowing what will become of those rules now that Donald Trump is President. While Trump has delayed many of Obama's regulations, he is apparently leaving the prisoner child support rule in place.

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