Can parents close a child support case?

Whether you receive child support as a custodial parent or you have to make support payments each month, it is important to review various topics related to your support case. From addressing back support to modifying a child support order due to a significant change in financial circumstances, many different issues require examination. 

Sometimes, parents wish to close a child support case. However, there are a number of key issues to realize with respect to closing a case and in some instances, this is not possible. 

Who can close a child support case?

According to the Arizona Department of Economic Security, custodial parents and those who applied for child support services can close a child support case, if eligible. Non-custodial parties cannot close their child support case. In order for a custodial parent to close a support case, the obligor must not owe any arrears and the custodial parent must not receive Medicaid or cash assistance benefits from the TANF program. To close a case, the state must receive a written request. 

What are some other reasons child support cases close?

Some child support cases are also closed due to imprisonment,  if the obligor has no possibility of parole or release before a child becomes emancipated. Sometimes, when an obligor becomes institutionalized or permanently disabled without the ability to pay support, the Division of Child Support Services closes the case. However, cases remain open if the parent who owes support has the potential to regain the ability to work or secure release from prison at some point in the future. 

If you have questions about the possibility of closing your child support case, go over your individual circumstances closely.