Enforcing & Modifying Child Support in Yuma, AZ
The Arizona Division of Child Support Services (DCSS) makes paying child support as easy as possible, but when obligors do not pay, the agency also has enforcement power.
Enforcement actions include:
- Wage garnishment
- State tax refund and lottery winnings interception
- Asset seizure
- Credit bureau reporting
- Property liens
- Suspension and revocation of driver licenses and professional licenses
- Referral to Arizona Superior Court for contempt, resulting in a fine or jail time
- Referral for federal criminal prosecution
Obligors who disappear and owe more than $5,000 in back child support can be named to the DCSS list of Child Support Evaders. The agency seeks the public’s help in locating evaders and making them pay. If you have a past-due balance, DCSS has a settlement program that can enable you to become current with your obligations.
Falling behind in child support payments is not necessarily malicious or even negligent. Some obligors fall upon hard times and do not have the funds to meet their obligations. If that happens to you, you should not passively allow arrears to pile up. The law allows you to seek a modification of child support for a substantial change in circumstances that is likely to be long term. Our Yuma child support lawyer represents noncustodial parents seeking modifications in court, as well as custodial parents opposing the modification.