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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.

States take the nonpayment of child support very seriously

The obligation to make child support payments generally ends when the child involved reaches the age of 18, but noncustodial parents in Arizona may still be pursued for payments that they have failed to make. Child support programs are designed to prevent children from becoming burdens on the state and hold noncustodial parents financially responsible for their actions, and government agencies at both the state and federal level take the nonpayment of child support very seriously.

Child support payments important for single-parent households

According to sources, participation in the Federal Child Support Enforcement Program has declined in the last few years. This program, created nearly four decades ago and strengthened in 1996, is intended to ensure that parents support their children. However, from 2004 to 2014, the percentage of parents with a formal child support agreement in place declined from 60 percent to 49 percent. This means that many parents in Arizona and throughout the country who are supposed to receive child support may not have a legal mechanism to push the other parent into compliance.

Child support portal available for employers

Employers in Arizona and throughout the country may have access to a more efficient system for processing child support documents in 2017. Known as the Child Support Portal, the system will provide information shared by employers to the federal child support office including contact information for the employer, health insurance availability and details about the type of insurance offered, and more.


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