You have the right to child support payments coming in on a consistent basis, without delays and without having to argue with the noncustodial parent every time. Unfortunately, this is not the case for many Arizona parents. To be sure, 25 percent of parents do not receive any child support that they are owed, while an additional 30 percent only receive partial payments, according to CBS. Noncustodial parents get by too easily when it comes to avoiding their court-ordered duty, which is why it is necessary to work with an attorney when you are no longer receiving your rightful child support payments. A Phoenix child support attorney will help you set things straight.
State and Federal Enforcement Remedies
According to the Arizona Department of Economic Security, there are various avenues of enforcement for the Division of Child Support Services (DCSS) to pursue, listed below:
- State Enforcement– Includes income withholding, interception of state income tax refunds, asset seizure such as bank accounts or other property, credit bureau reporting, liens on property, lottery winning offset, suspension or revocation of driver’s license, professional licenses, such as a contractor’s license, or sport license such as a hunting license. And, the state may also take court action such as holding the person in contempt of court, which can include fines or jail time. A noncustodial parent can even be charged with a misdemeanor or felony charge.
- Federal Enforcement– Includes actions such as withholding payments from Social Security, veterans affairs benefits, retirement benefits, and vendor benefits; federal salary offset; federal income tax refund offset; passport denial; and enforcement of other state orders.
- Employment Enforcement – Includes new hire reporting that gives the DCSS the ability to track delinquent paying parents; require the employer to withhold income; withholding workers’ compensation benefit withholding; and unemployment insurance benefits withholding.
Contact an Attorney for Help Today
By working closely with a Phoenix lawyer from the Law Office of Ronald L. Kossack, you can hold the noncustodial parent accountable for past and future child support payments. Whatever their excuse is for not paying, such as losing a job, or deciding that the amount is unfair for them to begin with, they cannot legally deny you and your child the court-mandated financial support that they are accountable for. There are many enforcement methods to pursue that have had great success for single parents in the past. Contact us today for help.