CHILD SUPPORT AWARENESS MONTH TAKES SPOTLIGHT AT THE CLERK’S OFFICE

8/15/2013

PINAL COUNTY, AZ (8/15/2013) – What does it mean to be a good parent? Every child needs support and support takes many forms. Love, encouragement, and emotional support are important, but financial security is vital too. This month has been designated Child Support Awareness Month to highlight the importance of responsible, engaged parenthood.

At the office of the Clerk of the Superior Court (COSC) in Pinal County, Judicial Office Manager Lisa Porter explains how the COSC helps children by overseeing, with the Child Support team, the 100-plus cases that cross her desk per month. “We work not only with parents themselves but also with the Attorney General’s office because many times there are very strict timelines,” she said. “While we are not involved with enforcement, we provide critical support to enforcement agencies.”

“Sometimes marriages end, but being a parent does not. The adversarial stance that can permeate a divorce could be harmful if carried over into the ongoing job of parenting,” said Clerk Roche, a father of three and a foster parent. According to Governor Brewer’s spokesperson, Marjorie Cook, there has been a major change in the view of child support arrearage.

“At the highest levels, the focus regarding child support has changed from campaigns that were negative and punitive…and it’s a change for the better,” stated Clerk Roche. Clarence H. Carter, who is the Director of the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) has instituted a holistic approach with the emphasis on being a “safety net.” The agency is committed to lending a helping hand to families and aligning resources with true need.

The Division of Child Support Services (DCSS) uses the tag line, Parents Engaged At Every Stage for a very good reason. While Mother’s Day and Father’s Day come just once a year, Children’s Day is every day for parents who want the best for their child. You can learn more about Child Support Services at: www.azdes.gov/az_child_support/. For help on the local level, you can download many forms and packets of forms for issues involving child support in Pinal County at: http://www.pinalcountyaz.gov/Departments/JudicialBranch/ClerkoftheSuperiorCourt/Pages/Forms.aspx 

The Office of the Clerk of the Superior Court is committed to providing quality customer service, ensuring the integrity and access to court records by supporting the Judicial process through efficient Records Management, Financial Administration and Jury Service.

The Florence office of the Clerk of the Superior Court is located at 971 N. Jason Lopez Circle in the Pinal County Justice Complex, Building A. It is open to serve the public on weekdays from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Satellite offices are located in Apache Junction and Casa Grande. The office of the COSC can be reached at 520-866-5300.

To learn more about the Office of the Clerk of the Superior Court in Pinal County, please visit http://pinalcountyaz.gov/Departments/JudicialBranch/ClerkoftheSuperiorCourt/Pages/AboutUs.aspx 

Media Contact: Lynn Hurley 520-866-5382

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