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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Arizona on
Q: Can the courts levy bank account without any notice or warning? Because that’s what they did. $10,000

$20,000 is owed in back child support. The child died two years ago. Today there is levy on bank account and didn’t give a warning or notice or a chance to make a payment.

Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on Oct 6, 2021

Absolutely. If they provided notice or warning, the funds could be moved. If you have a child support debt, there are numerous ways the State can recover those funds. Draining a bank account is just one.

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Child Support for Arizona on
Q: Can a parent who receives child support, ever end up paying child support if his or her income increases?
Stephen M Vincent
Stephen M Vincent answered on Sep 29, 2021

Yes, it all just depends on how the calculation comes out.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Arizona on
Q: Ex has filed to change child support if I inherited a house will it affect the amount I pay? 50/50 custody in Az

I might be inheriting my sisters house and am wondering if it will affect the amount of child support I pay. My ex has just put in for a child support change do to both of us earning more and I am just unsure how this will affect it.

Peter W Davis
Peter W Davis answered on Aug 16, 2021

The answer is "it depends" while child support in Arizona is generally based upon earnings from a job, there are instances where child support may be ordered based upon resources. Further, if you receive income from this house (such as rental income) it may also be countable (even in... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Arizona on
Q: I have legal custody of my child. Divorced in different state. AZ is joint. Do I have to file in old state?

I work odd hours. Unable to take my children to school and watch her at nite. Ex husband wants full custody. I agree for child to live with him. Do I give up my rights? Divorced in MN and ex and I are living in AZ. AZ is joint state

Stephen M Vincent
Stephen M Vincent answered on Aug 8, 2021

You should move the case here. You need to register your MN order here (you'll need two certified copies from Minnesota, and complete the other requirements for registering). Then you and your ex-husband can fill out a new Parenting Plan, both sign it and have it notarized and submit it to the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Arizona on
Q: Are child support payments made in advance or arrears?

In other words, would a payment made on by the clearing house on 1 Feb, is that for the month of February in advance or for the month of January in arrears? If my child is 18, and graduates in May, wouldn’t the last child support payment be May 1st?

Stephen M Vincent
Stephen M Vincent answered on Jul 15, 2021

Yes, the last payment should have been made on May 1st.

2 Answers | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Arizona on
Q: How do I go about petitioning the Supreme Court of AZ if my rights in a family/child support case have been violated?

Although I have never had a cps case or any of my children take, the father of my youngest son illegally obtained physical custody of my child and as a result has filed child support against me. The father has been incarcerated often throughout the time he had our child. The court did not follow... Read more »

Stephen M Vincent
Stephen M Vincent answered on Jul 14, 2021

If your case is eligible to be appealed, you need to start by filing a Notice of Appeal. Appeals go through the Arizona Court of Appeals before they go to the Arizona Supreme Court.

That said, appeals are difficult and knowing whether you're eligible to even file an appeal involves...
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3 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Arizona on
Q: I’m at a loss as what to do. My ex and his wife are harassing me every day about what I can and can’t do with my kids.

My kids have been kept from me for 2 weeks then returned to me. I’m told what I can and can’t do with them on a daily basis. They won’t allow my 19 year old son to watch them when I need to work so now I’m not able to work as I have nobody else to watch them when they are with me. And our... Read more »

Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on Jul 14, 2021

Until the custody order is modified, the Illinois order remains the agreement between you two. Unless the order specifically empowers your ex to dictate who can provide child care, he has no authority to direct you who can and cannot watch your child(ren). If there is a right of first refusal... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Arizona on
Q: Greetings- My Son is unmarried and his girlfriend moved from Southern California to the Phoenix area with his son.

He has no visitation or support agreement, what steps does he need to take to get an enforceable agreement?

Stephen M Vincent
Stephen M Vincent answered on Jul 6, 2021

He should file a Petition to Establish Paternity, Legal Decision-making, Parenting Time, and Child Support with the Court and work with her on drafting a Parenting Plan. He can work with her on the Parenting Plan before or after filing the Petition to establish.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Arizona on
Q: My child is 17 moved out and is demanding her child support go to her directly.

I did not approve her to move out but she will not come home.

Peter W Davis
Peter W Davis answered on Jun 11, 2021

Arizona child support does not belong to the child. It is not her right to receive it, though the other party could potentially file a modification to change or reduce it. Further, in certain cases where the State is involved, if the child is out of the house the child support paid can be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Arizona on
Q: Should I file for child support?

My daughter was born on 11.05.2020. She will now be 7 months in 4 days and her father has yet to even have met her. He is fully aware of her and has been aware of her since I was 5 weeks and 3 days pregnant. I constantly send him updates and pictures but nothing. He has literally done nothing for... Read more »

Stephen M Vincent
Stephen M Vincent answered on Jun 10, 2021

The risk you run filing for child support is that he files to establish legal decision-making and parenting time. Arizona law starts with the presumption that parenting time should be equal, but the Court will order something other than equal parenting time if you can show that a different order is... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Arizona on
Q: Are child care expenses to be paid from the child support I recieve?

We have a parenting agreement and no were in our legal paperwork does it stipulate child care was factored into child support.

Randi Sirlin
Randi Sirlin answered on Apr 21, 2021

The answer to your question depends upon whether there currently exists a child support order. In general, child care expenses paid by one parent result in that parent having a "credit" of sorts for payment of the child care. However, some times the court will allocate the cost between... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Arizona on
Q: Have an IV-D Establishment of Support hearing coming up in July. Just wanted to know can I ask for parenting time then?

Mother filed in Wisconsin. She also won sole custody because I couldn't make it to the hearing. She lives out here in Arizona, but says she lives in Wisconsin. We lived together out here 4 years ago and my child was born out here as well. I dont know what needs to be done. If it's... Read more »

Rich J. Peters
Rich J. Peters answered on Apr 13, 2021

I am sorry to say that you will not be able to raise parenting time issues at the IV-D child support hearing.

1. File a Petition to Establish Legal Decision Making and Parenting Time.

2. Hire a process server to get Mother served, or mail via certified mail, or ask her to accept...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for Arizona on
Q: My ex wife, who has custody of our 3 kids is moving them out of state without my consent.

Our court paperwork says she needs my written consent but she seems to think that because there has been a lapse in my child support payments, due to me switching jobs and trying to set up wage garnishment for months now (because the last time I tried to mail in my child support obligation it got... Read more »

Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on Feb 24, 2021

Arizona law requires a 45-day notice, in writing, of intent to move out of state. Your parental rights are not directly tied to whether or not you are current with child support.

Child custody matters across state lines (and it sounds like there are three or more states involved in this...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Arizona on
Q: Calculating days for child support, do we use actual parenting time or time according to our original plan

My ex wants to modify child support- We divorced 5 years ago and at that time we agreed no support was owed either way. He now wants support- he is making less and has another child. Parenting plan gave us 3.5 days each exactly

In 2019, we informally modified our schedule. Our child is... Read more »

Paul Ylvisaker
Paul Ylvisaker answered on Jan 2, 2021

You cannot modify parenting time order informally. The original order remains binding until modified by the court. The same applies for child support. If parents cannot reach accommodation on parenting time to present jointly to the Court, you will have to go back to court and present your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Arizona on
Q: I have questions about modifying child support

My stepdaughter's mother does not work(by choice) she relies on her husband to support their family. My husband and I both work, I am trying to figure out how to properly do the child support calculator to have an idea of what we should look at when we go to court to modify. I am wondering if... Read more »

Paul Ylvisaker
Paul Ylvisaker answered on Jan 1, 2021

Only the two legal parents income is counted. There may be an indirect consideration of the court for household income, but that is not a legal consideration and the court should be reminded of that. If the other parent is unemployed, for a variety of reasons the court may only attribute fulltime... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Arizona on
Q: Where do i get the form to file for arrears modification
Peter W Davis
Peter W Davis answered on Oct 26, 2020

There is no specific form for this. The law library has a self service area which should contain blank motion forms that you can ask the court to do anything including modify arrears. I have also seen pro-per litigants use the child support modification form to modify arrears only.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Arizona on
Q: How do i put in a request to modify arrears payment and request forgiveness on the interest.
Peter W Davis
Peter W Davis answered on Oct 26, 2020

I am assuming you are asking this in regards to child support arrears. Modifying an arrears payment requires a motion to modify through the Court. Forgiving the interest is a trickier question and may depend on whether your case is classified IV-D or not. The interest on arrears generally belongs... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Arizona on
Q: How do I file a request to modify arrears payments and a request to forgive the interest on arrears
Peter W Davis
Peter W Davis answered on Oct 26, 2020

I am assuming you are asking this in regards to child support arrears. Modifying an arrears payment requires a motion to modify through the Court. Forgiving the interest is a trickier question and may depend on whether your case is classified IV-D or not. The interest on arrears generally... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Child Support for Arizona on
Q: I am paying child support to my ex. My son left his house am i still obilgated to pay child support.
John R Gaertner Jr
John R Gaertner Jr answered on Oct 12, 2020

This certainly could be a substantial and continuing change of circumstances which would justify you asking for a modification or change in your child support obligation. Consult a family law attorney to discuss the matter in greater detail.

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Arizona on
Q: I would like to know how and if there is a way to address current child support order.

I struggled to obtain a well paying job last year, I was let go once and I was out of a job for a few months, currently with COVID my income was affected. The first child support order was at $345 when I was consistently earning a decent income, but I no longer work there and my hours fluctuate,... Read more »

Peter W Davis
Peter W Davis answered on Sep 18, 2020

Child support can be modified in Arizona at anytime upon a showing of substantial change in circumstances. This can be done by one of 2 methods, a simplified modification where you file, serve the other party and if they don't request a hearing the Court orders your modification. There is a... Read more »

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