Child Support in Arizona

Child Support Payments in Arizona

Most people think of “paying child support” as providing economic support for children, but it is more than that. Although this booklet focuses on the economic or financial aspects of child support, parents should always remember that other elements of supporting their children are equally important. Parents also have a moral and ethical obligation to actively support the emotional and psychological needs of their children.

Here is a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) about child support. If you are not sure about the meaning of a word, take a look at the Words & Definitions section.

What is a child support order?

A child support order is a written order from the court that tells:

  • Which parent must pay child support
  • The amount of the payment
  • How often the payment must be made
  • Who receives the child support payment for the children.

When does the court order child support?

If a parent requests, the court may order child support when:

  • Married couples are divorcing or separating.
  • Unmarried parents are breaking up or separating.
  • An unmarried parent who has never lived with the other parent requests child support.

Note: In Arizona, if a parent is unmarried, paternity must be established before child support can be ordered.

For more information about child support please read the full article here http://www.azlawhelp.org/articles_info.cfm?mc=1&sc=2&articleid=53