Yes, a custodial parent who has never received public assistance is charged a $25 fee each fiscal year after at least $500 in child support has been issued to them. DCSS keeps $25.00 from your child support payments, but only after it has sent out $500.00 in that case for child support collected. If you have more than one case, DCSS will charge the $25.00 fee to each case per year. If no other support collections are received after DCSS has sent out $500.00 of support, or less than $25.00 is received, DCSS will send you a notice to pay the fee by a specified date.
There is a $5.00 monthly processing fee on cases with an Arizona support order. The parent who is ordered to pay child support is responsible for paying this fee.
If paternity must be established, genetic testing may be needed to prove the identity of the father. The state will pay the cost of the testing. If the alleged father is found to be the biological father, he will be responsible for repaying the state. Arizona’s contracted lab charges $31.75 per person for testing. If he resides in another state, Arizona will have to work with a child support agency in that state, and this may create extra costs. Different states have different rules about fees and costs for their services. If the noncustodial parent is in another state, ask your caseworker about the possible costs involved in working with another state.