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About eCalc

eCalc is a web based child support arrears calculator developed to allow parties to child support cases, private attorneys, the courts, and state child support workers to quickly and easily determine how much the paying parent owes in child support. This tool is the result of the collaborative efforts of the IV-D program Division of Child Support Services (DCSS), fifteen Clerks of Court, the Attorney General's office, and the Arizona court administration.

The eCalc tool reads case information from the Arizona State Case Registry - maintained by the Clerks of Court and DCSS, and the payment information provided by the Arizona State Disbursement Unit.

To use this tool, your court order must have been issued by an Arizona court and your payments must have been made through the Arizona State Disbursement Unit or the Arizona Division of Child Support Services (DCSS).

Your court order information and personal identification information must be current with Arizona State Case Registry.

Principles

This tool was designed to read information and data that is maintained in the State Case Registry by Arizona Clerks of Court and the Arizona Division of Child Support Services. Payment information is based on payments processed by the State Disbursement Unit created in 11/1998. Payments made prior to this time may not be available for the automated calculator tool.

For cases not receiving services from DCSS, you may need to contact the Clerk of Court to request that payments made prior to the creation of the State Disbursement Unit be entered.

In cases receiving services from DCSS, payments from January 1997 will be available for the automated calculator tool.

The calculator tool has been programmed using the following information.

  1. The court order was originally issued by an Arizona court.
  2. The court order was issued after January 1, 1997 and entered in the State Case Registry.
    1. A court order issued before January 1, 1997 in a case receiving services from DCSS should be included.
  3. All payments have been made through the State Disbursement Unit A.R.S.§46-441:
    1. A notarized Affidavit of Direct Payments accepted by DCSS and/or filed with the Clerk of Court may be reflected as an adjustment to the balances.
  4. Interest on unpaid support automatically accrues for cases receiving services from DCSS.
  5. Interest on unpaid support in cases receiving services from the Clerk of Court may or may not reflect interest.
  6. Interest rates used are in accordance with A.R.S. §44-1201:
    1. Rate of ten percent per year, simple, effective 12/14/79
    2. Rate of six percent per year, simple, prior to 12/14/79
  7. The Clearinghouse monthly fee is charged, per Arizona statute, as follows:
    1. $5.00 per month effective 7/1/2010
    2. $2.25 per month from 1/1/1998 through 6/30/2010
    3. $1.50 per month from 8/01/95 through 12/31/97
    4. $1.00 per month prior to 8/01/95
    Support payments are applied to the obligations owed according to federal and state laws and Arizona Administrative Rule.
  8. For non-DCSS cases, distribution of amounts paid are credited as follows (A.R.S. §25-510):
    1. Current month's child support
    2. Current month's spousal maintenance
    3. Current month's Clearinghouse fee
    4. Judgment for child support and corresponding interest
    5. Judgment for spousal maintenance and corresponding interest
    6. Unpaid child support not reduced to a written judgment and corresponding interest.
    7. Unpaid spousal maintenance not reduced to a written judgment and corresponding interest.
    8. Judgment for clearinghouse fees
    9. Insufficient funds repayment
  9. Arrearage payments in a case not receiving services from DCSS are applied first to principal and then to interest as of 12/1/98 (A.R.S. §25-510). Arrearage payments made prior to 12/1/98 are applied first to interest and then to principal.
  10. For cases receiving services from DCSS, distribution of amounts paid are credited in accordance with AAR6-7-601:
    1. Current child support;
    2. Current spousal maintenance;
    3. Current cash medical - NEW
    4. Child support arrearage and past support judgments and the corresponding interest;
    5. Spousal maintenance arrearage judgments and the corresponding interest;
    6. Cash medical arrearage judgments and the corresponding interest
    7. Pregnancy and childbirth judgments and the corresponding interest;
    8. Medical support judgments and the corresponding interest;
    9. Child support arrearages not reduced to a written judgment and the corresponding interest;
    10. Spousal maintenance arrearages not reduced to a written judgment and the corresponding interest;
    11. Cash medical arrearages not reduced to a written judgment and the corresponding interest;
    12. Current month's handling fee;
    13. Handling fees owed to the Support Payment Clearinghouse;
    14. IRS tax reversals;
    15. Insufficient funds replacement
    16. Other fees or costs; and
    17. Futures.
    Federal tax refund intercepts are the exception and must be credited first to arrears.
    From 03/96 to 04/01/02, payments made to cases receiving services from DCSS were credited as follows:
    1. Current child support
    2. Current spousal maintenance
    3. Current month's handling fee
    4. Lying-in Expenses
    5. IRS tax reversals
    6. Child support arrears and past support
    7. Interest on child support arrears and past support
    8. Spousal maintenance arrears
    9. Interest on spousal maintenance arrears
    10. Medical costs
    11. Interest on medical judgments
    12. Unpaid fees
    Prior to 03/96, payments made to cases receiving services from DCSS were credited as follows:
    1. Current child support
    2. Current spousal maintenance
    3. Child support arrears
    4. Spousal maintenance arrears
    5. Clerk of Court fees
    6. Clearinghouse fees
    7. Process Server fees
    8. Sheriff fees
    9. Court costs
    10. Attorney fees
    11. Genetic testing fees
    12. Lying in costs
  11. Arrearage payments in a DCSS case are applied first to the principal and then to the interest that accrued on that principal in the following order:
    1. The oldest written judgment's principal and interest and then to each successive written judgment's principal and interest.
    2. Arrearages not reduced to a written judgment and the corresponding interest.
  12. Amounts received as support from, or on behalf of, the obligor are credited as the required support obligation for the month in which they are received unless they are submitted by an employer. Payments submitted by an employer as the result of an income withholding order are considered received in the month in which the income was withheld by the employer. The date of receipt for income withholding order payments is the last day of the pay period from which the payment is withheld.

 
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