Establishing a child support order is a legal process that results in an order that sets a monthly amount of money to be paid by the noncustodial parent for the support of the child(ren), or by both parents when a child is in foster care or in the care of a guardian or relative. The order also establishes who will be responsible to provide medical support.
A child support order can be established when:
The child support order is based on Arizona Child Support Guidelines. The guidelines consider factors such as the needs of the children and the finances of both parents, as well as ability to pay. These guidelines are available through the Arizona Supreme Court Guidelines.
The Arizona courts and the DCSS require that health insurance coverage and/or cash medical support be provided for children when establishing the child support order.
The DCSS will list either the mother or the father in the support order as the person who must provide health coverage, or responsibility can be assigned to both. Only the noncustodial parent can be ordered to pay cash medical support. Public medical coverage may be provided to meet this requirement
Complete a Request for Title IV-D Child Support Services application form. Follow the instructions on the application and provide as much information and as many documents as possible.
Please note: If you are applying for services for more than two children with the same father, you must complete an additional page for each child with the application for services.
Submit the completed Request for Child Support Services:
Email to: [email protected]
P.O. Box 40458
Phoenix, AZ 85067
Drop off in a secure document drop-box at a local DCSS office.
Please ensure the application is signed before submitting, as this will create a delay in service.
Once your application has been processed, a case will be opened, and you and the other parent will be notified by mail what the next steps are.