When Do You Begin Making Spousal Support Payments in Arizona?
When the judge in a divorce case orders you to pay spousal maintenance you need to begin the process of paying your Arizona spousal support. We have found that many that are ordered to pay Spousal Support aren’t sure where sure of the process of making their payments. It’s important for those that need to pay spousal support that they being immediately after their divorce to make their payments, you don’t want late payments or if you fail to make your payments on time you could potentially be held in contempt.
We want to help you understand the process of making your spousal support payments so you can not only make the payment but so you can make it to the correct institution in a timely manner to avoid the consequences. Arizona judges will generally instruct you to make your payment directly to the Spousal Support Payment Clearinghouse. This instruction is confusing for most as it’s difficult to know where to find the Support Payment Clearinghouse. If you make a payment directly to your spouse, this payment might be considered a gift and it might not count as a court-ordered payment.
Where to Make Your Spousal Support Payments in Arizona
Spousal maintenance payments may be made directly to the Support Payment Clearinghouse. Payments may be made with a check or money order and they must be sent to this address:
Support Payment Clearinghouse
PO Box 52107
Phoenix, AZ 85072-2107
The check should include the case number to ensure that the payment will be credited to the correct account.
What if the judge issued an income withholding order in my case?
If the judge issues an income withholding order then the money will automatically be taken from your income and transferred to the other party. It is possible that the judge may issue a withholding order, but that the withholding order may be delayed. If the withholding order does not begin immediately, then you will be responsible for making payments to the Support Payment Clearinghouse until the withholding order becomes effective.
If you have further questions, do not hesitate to contact us.