Child support is codified by Utah and Arizona State law and must be included in any divorce settlement or decree. Contrary to false notions, child support is not intended to punish the person required to pay it or reward the custodial parent who receives it. It is for the benefit of a child, and the obligation to pay child support cannot be discharged through bankruptcy or unemployment, or voluntarily waived by the custodial parent.
If you are the non-custodial parent paying child support, don’t wait until the court holds you in contempt for failing to abide by the terms of your divorce settlement or court order. This is a time to be proactive. The child support specialists at Stokes Law help clients throughout Utah and Arizona establish workable child support arrangements. We also offer experienced legal counsel in the modification and enforcement of standing orders of support.