Need to Register an Out of State Custody or Child Support Order?

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By Shelby Anderson, Esq. and Chelsey Klotz (Paralegal)

If you have a family law Custody Order, Parenting Plan, or Child Support order from another state and are a current resident of Arizona, you will need to consider registering these foreign judgments as Orders in Arizona.

In order to register an out of state order, the minor child must be living in Arizona for at least six (6) months. Additionally, all parties must have moved from the state with the original orders.

Beginning the Process

To begin, you will need at least one certified copy of every order you are trying to domesticate.

It is important to remember that if you are registering both a Custody Order/Parenting Plan and a Child Support order from another state, you complete both sets of documents.

To register a Parenting Plan/Custody order, the following documents must be completely filled out and filed with the Court:

  • Family Court Sensitive Data Cover Sheet
  • Request to Register Foreign Order
  • Affidavit to Register Foreign Order
  • Affidavit Regarding Minor Children to Register Foreign Custody Order
  • Five Year Residential History

To register a Child Support order, the following documents must be completely filled out and filed with the Court:

  • Family Court Sensitive Data Cover Sheet
  • Request to Register Foreign (out of state) Support Order
  • Affidavit to Register Foreign Family Support Order

Filing the Documents

Once all the documents are accurately and completely filled out, the documents must be signed and notarized. The documents must be in order, along with the certified copies of the out of state orders attached to the back of the filing packet. You will need to bring with you the original documents, along with at least 3 copies.

There is a filing fee for registering the custody order, but there is no filing fee for registering the child support order.

For Maricopa County, the current filing fee for registering a custody order is $279.00 and the fee must be paid at the time of filing.

The Clerk will provide a Notice stating that your documents have been registered; it will be your responsibility to serve copies to the other party/parties involved. It is standard practice to use a process server.

Remember, if you are wanting to enforce or modify these same orders, separate forms and paperwork will have to be filed.

Need Help?

We understand that there are a lot of moving parts in this process and one can easily find themselves lost or overwhelmed with the court process. One of the knowledgeable family attorneys here at Doran Justice will be able to assist you to ensure there are no surprises along the way.  Contact Doran Justice, PLLC today to schedule a free consultation with a family attorney to register your foreign judgment or begin your modification process.

 

*This information is correct and up to date as of the day this article was written.


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