Whether a couple is married or not, each parent is responsible for supporting his or her children until they reach the age of eighteen. Child support is paid by wage-assignment through the payor’s job, with a few exemptions to the law. Under the law in Arizona, the Department of Economic Security’s Division of Child Support Enforcement (DCSE) must assist custodial parents and their children receive child support and medical support orders.
The Child Support Enforcement Program was established in 1975, and is a combined federal/state/local program that collects child support from parents who are legally obligated to pay.
When a non-custodial parent pays child support,, research has shown that he is more likely to be involved in his child’s life. Children who do not receive the child support they deserve from the non-custodial parent, are more at risk for not having their basic needs met, which then puts the custodial parent more likely to rely on government aid to have these needs met.
DCSE is required by law to develop a process to publicly identify certain parents who are delinquent in child support payments. Photographs and profiles of delinquent parents are displayed in public and private locations, and also online, as well. The public is encouraged to contact DCSE with any tips to help in locating parents who are avoiding their court-ordered obligation to pay child support. To be listed as a Child Support Evader, the following conditions must be met:
- Court-ordered delinquent support must be in excess of $5,000.00
- An arrest warrant has been issued
- The non-custodial parent has not made any payments in the last six months
- The non-custodial parent is not involved in bankruptcy proceedings or receiving welfare benefits
- DCSE is provided with a photo of the non-custodial parent
The public can view those Child Support Evader parents displayed on the Arizona Department of Economic Security’s website by going to http://azdes.gov, and can contact the agency to provide information on the location of any individuals posted on the website by calling (877) 926-8334 of (800) 882-4151 or (602) 252-4045.