Child Support, Unemployment Benefits, and the COVID-19 $600 Emergency Unemployment Insurance Benefit

Many people have suffered severe financial distress as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. If you are one of those individuals, it is critically important for you to know what financial resources you may have available to you. You may be aware that Arizona has implemented an additional $600 emergency unemployment insurance benefit in an attempt to limit the financial impact of COVID-19 on individual families and the economy as a whole. However, it is also important for you to understand that this benefit is not without limitations.

In general, if you are ordered to pay child support and are a recipient of unemployment benefits, Arizona law provides that the Department of Economic Security (“DES”) shall deduct your child support obligation from the unemployment benefits. Specifically, DES shall withhold up to 50% of your unemployment benefits (A.R.S. § 23-789). The additional $600 benefit is also subject to the same 50% withholding standard. Below are some examples of how the withholding operates.[1]

  • COVID-19 Child Support Issues re Unemployment and Stimulus Money

    If your child support obligation is $250 and your unemployment benefit is $500, DES will withhold the $250 child support obligation because that is 50% of your unemployment benefit. You will receive the remaining $250.

  • If your child support obligation is $200 and your unemployment benefit is $500, DES will withhold the $200 child support obligation because it is less than 50% of your unemployment benefit. You will receive the remaining $300.
  • If your child support obligation is $500 and your unemployment benefit is $500, DES will only withhold $250 for the child support obligation because it may only deduct 50% of the unemployment benefit. You will receive the remaining $250. However, it is important to note that the remaining $250 of the child support obligation is still due and owing – your child support obligation is not satisfied in full simply because DES withheld funds for a partial payment of the child support obligation. In that case, you must manually make the payment of the remaining balance to the Arizona Child Support Clearinghouse (or other method if so ordered).

At Dodge & Vega, PLC, we are monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects in the field of family law, and we are committed to keeping our clients informed and up-to-date with the most recent guidance available.

If you have any questions about new changes in Arizona Family Law, then contact our office to schedule a free consultation with our firm and know your rights. 480-656-8333.

Written By:

Kevin Whitacre, Dodge & Vega PLC


[1] Please note that these numbers have been selected for ease of use to demonstrate the general principle how the withholding is applied. Please also note that child support obligations are generally monthly in nature and that unemployment benefits are generally weekly in nature.

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