Arizona Child Support Enforcement Resource Center

Even if the non-custodial parent lives in another state, Federal law requires cooperation between states. The non-custodial parent is legally required to make regular child support payments, regardless of where they live.

Arizona Child Support Enforcement Measures

If a non-custodial parent does not pay child support, he or she is subject to enforcement measures to collect regular and past-due payments.

Who Can Enforce Court Ordered Child Support in Arizona

The official child support enforcement agency for the State of Arizona is the Division of Child Support Enforcement within the Department of Economic Security. The Division of Child Support is required by federal law to provide free services and is funded by the federal government and the State of Arizona.

Full Time Equiv. Staff 993
Total Caseload 234,240

1 U.S. Office of Child Support Enforcement, Boxscores for FY 2005

Interest on Missed Child Support Payments

Arizona allows for interest on missed child support payments, retroactive support, and adjudicated arrears at a rate of 10% simple interest per annum.

AZ Statute of Limitations on Back Child Support Payments (Arrears)

The statute of limitations for collection of child support was eliminated effective September 21, 2006. In cases prior to September 21, 2006 where the youngest child had emancipated and three years have passed: If a final judgment on arrears was not obtained, then the arrears cannot be collected. If a final judgment on arrears was obtained, then those arrears can be collected. If a judgment was obtained for any time period within the duration of the current child support and there is a balance still due, then those arrears can be collected.

AZ Statute of Limitations on Determining Paternity

Arizona requires that paternity be established before the child's 18th birthday.

Age of Emancipation / Age of Majority in Arizona

Arizona law defines the age of emancipation as 18 years old.

If child turns 18 while in high school or in a high school equivalency program, support will continue while attending high school or a certified high school equivalency program. Child support will continue until the child graduates high school, completes a certified high school equivalency program, or turns 19, whichever comes first.

How Are Child Support Payment Amounts Determined in Arizona?

The Arizona child support guidelines use a formula that takes into account the gross income of both parents, child support for children of other relationships (court-ordered support), spousal maintenance paid or received, medical/dental/vision insurance costs (for children only), childcare costs, extra education expenses, extraordinary child expenses, number of children age 12 or over, month and year of youngest child's birthday, number of parenting time days per year.

The Arizona Supreme Court provides a PDF calculator on its website based on the Arizona Child Support Guidelines that took effect January 1, 2005.

Custody and Visitation Issues

Child support and visitation rights are separate issues. The court determines both and will usually order the non-custodial parent to pay support and the custodial parent to make the child available for visits.

The custodial parent has a duty to obey the court order for visitation, even if the non-custodial parent cannot or will not pay child support. The court can enforce its orders against either parent.

Our clients say...

It took me 10 years to catch up with my husband to establish a court order for child support. Years had gone by and his debt was in the thousands. I got Human Services involved and they told me that because I was now in a different state I had to close my case and had to open my case there. Weeks after I sent the paperwork to the Child Support Enforcement office, I received a letter saying I needed to attach notarized proof of previous payements made etc, etc, etc. I was tired of going through the process of trying to get child support owed.

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