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Elected Official

Mary Ellen Dunlap
 

Locations

Bisbee
100 Quality Hill
P.O. Box CK
Bisbee, AZ 85603
520-432-8600
520-432-4850 Fax

Sierra Vista
100 Colonia de Salud, Suite 100
Sierra Vista, AZ  85635
520-803-3060
520-458-4148 Fax

 

 

 

 

Clerk of the Superior Court

Family Support

  1. Change of Employer (Wage Withholding Form)

Introduction - Customer Service 
Child Support customer service is available through the Clerk’s office if your case has involved only the Superior Court in Cochise County. If you receive or have received cash assistance, medical benefits and/or have applied for Enforcement services then your service is provided by the DCSE Customer Service Region. The Clerk is the official record keeper of the divorce and paternity files. It is through our office that court documents are filed for judicial action. We also hold the official records of child and spousal maintenance support payments made.
 
Check Payments by Phone  
To obtain information on the last 3 payments received and disbursed call:
In Arizona: 1.877.903.1900 (toll-free)
Outside the State: 1.602.506.1900 (toll charge)
 
Check Payments On-Line 
This link will provide up to the last 3 years of received and disbursed payments: On-line Payment History.
 
Filing Documents
This site provides links to self-service forms from the Maricopa County Superior Court’s Self-Service Center. If you wish to file these or any other forms of documents in the Cochise County Clerk of the Superior Court’s office, knowing the following procedures will help the process flow:
 
• IMPORTANT: Before you complete any forms in your packet: Most court files are open to the public for review. Rule 43.G of the Arizona Rules of Family Law Procedure states that the filing party shall omit sensitive data (unless specifically requested by the court) from the documents to be filed in the court. “Sensitive data” is defined in the rule as Social Security numbers, bank account numbers, credit card numbers or other financial account numbers. You are encouraged to use the Sensitive Data Form instead of including the information in your paperwork. Wherever the form requires Sensitive Data to be listed, write in, “See Sensitive Data Form” and then insure that the information is placed on the Sensitive Data Form. It is also your responsibility to file updated Sensitive Data Forms whenever you have new information needed to supplement the record in your case. The Clerk’s office will maintain the Sensitive Data Form in a confidential manner and it will only be viewed as the rule provides.
 
Any party who includes “Sensitive Data” in documents filed with the Court, other than on a Sensitive Data Form, does so at the party’s own risk.

  • Rules 47, 49 and 91 of the Arizona Rules of Family Law Procedure require, among other things, the completion and filing of an Affidavit of Financial Information Form.
  • Your filing fee may vary depending on whether or not you had previously entered an appearance in your case: Clerk’s filing fees. It is best if you call a deputy clerk at 520.432.8600 to ascertain your proper payment or it can be computed when you come into the office. Please have your case number available.
  • You do not need to deal directly with the judge’s office to receive a hearing date or other response from the court. The Clerk’s office will help stream-line this process for you. (This differs from Maricopa County Superior Court’s procedure.)
  • Personal checks are not accepted. We do accept cash, cashier’s checks, money orders, Visa and MasterCard. If you do not have the ability to pay you may request that the court order your fees waived or deferred. Because we must receive a signed order from the judge this process will most surely result in you not being able to file your documents that day: Request for Waiver or Deferral Forms.
  • It is important that a copy of your filing is sent to the other party in the case. It is your responsibility to provide the Clerk’s office with the proper number of copies. We will return them to you for you to mail to or serve on the other party. You may also be obligated to send a copy to DCSE if you are a IV-D client.
  • You may mail your documents, copies, and filing fee(s) to the Clerk’s office at:
     
    Clerk of the Superior Court
    PO Box CK
    Bisbee, Arizona 85603
     

If filing requirements have been met the documents will be file stamped on the date they are received (unless a Request for Waiver or Deferral is also included). Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
 
If you wish to file in person the Clerk’s office has 2 locations:

  • In Sierra Vista: Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, legal holidays excepted. MAP
  • The Sierra Vista office has an After Hours File Box. Instructions.
  • In Bisbee: Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, legal holidays excepted. MAP

Change a Name or Address 
It is IMPORTANT that you maintain a current name and address with the Clerk of the Superior Court’s office. Arizona law requires that a change of address be submitted, in writing, to the Clerk’s office within 10 days of the address change: Name and/or address change form.

Mail the form to:
Clerk of the Superior Court
PO Box CK
Bisbee, Arizona 85603 or faxed to: 520.432.4850.
 
Change of Employer (Wage Withholding Form) 
When the parent obligated to pay child support changes employment the Clerk of the Superior Court must be notified, in writing, of this change as soon as possible: Wage Withholding Form. Either parent may complete it.

Mail to:
Clerk of the Superior Court
PO Box CK
Bisbee, Arizona 85603 or faxed to: 520.432.4850.
 
Request an Official Payment History Record 
A certified copy of a Payment History Record costs $27.00 and is only available to the parties in the case: Requesting Copies web page. Also use this link to request copies of other types of court documents.
 
Child Support Orders/Orders of Assignment 
A Child Support Order is a written order from the court that states which parent must pay child support, which parent will receive child support, the amount of the child support payment, and how often the payments must be made.
 
An Order of Assignment is an order directing an employer or other payor of funds to withhold a monthly amount from the income of the person obligated to pay child support, spousal maintenance, child support or spousal maintenance arrearage and or interest.
 
If you need to establish a child support order CLICK HERE for forms and instructions. The use of a form from this website is not a substitute for legal advice. It is suggested that you seek the advice of an attorney to ensure that the forms you complete are proper for your fact situation. The Clerk’s office cannot give legal advice. Remember to change the heading to reflect that the filing is in Cochise County and review the above section on Filing Documents. CLICK HERE to access the Supreme Court’s on-line Child Support Calculator. It is an interactive site based on the Arizona Child Support Guidelines that will help you complete the Parent’s Worksheet and will prepare the Child Support Order and Wage Assignment forms.

Modify an Order of Assignment
An order to change the amount in an order of assignment is typically requested when the existing order specifically states an amount for each child and 1 or more of the children have emancipated or if the order includes arrears and they are paid or will be paid in full within 90 days. It is also sought when the requested change is different by 15% or more from the existing order.
 
If you have an Arizona child support order and believe the amount of support should be changed CLICK HERE for the Child Support Modification Packet and Instructions. The use of a form from this website is not a substitute for legal advice. It is suggested that you seek the advice of an attorney to ensure that the forms you complete are proper for your fact situation. The Clerk’s office cannot give legal advice. Remember to change the heading to reflect that the filing is in Cochise County and review the above section on Filing Documents. CLICK HERE to access the Supreme Court’s on-line Child Support Calculator. It is an interactive site that will help you complete the required Parent’s Worksheet and will prepare the Child Support Order and Wage Assignment forms.
 
Stop an Order for Wage Assignment
A person obligated to pay or entitled to receive support or spousal maintenance may file a request to terminate an order of assignment if the obligation to pay has ended or will end within 90 days after the filing of the request and if all arrearages either have been paid, will be paid within the period, or have been waived.
 
If you believe that within 90 days the obligation will no longer be owing, due to change of status/circumstance you may file to stop the order. CLICK HERE for self-service forms related to stopping an order for wage assignment. The use of a form from this website is not a substitute for legal advice. It is suggested that you seek the advice of an attorney to ensure that the forms you complete are proper for your fact situation. The Clerk’s office cannot give legal advice. Remember to change the heading to reflect that the filing is in Cochise County and review the above section on Filing Documents.
 
Enforce an Order for Support/Establish Paternity 
Division of Child Support Enforcement (DCSE), provides services in the areas of: Enforcing Support Orders and Establishing Paternity. The Bisbee office is located at 7 Bisbee Road, Suite D (in the Warren section of Bisbee). The telephone number is 520.432.3161. The Toll Free number is 866.358.0616.
 
If the enforcement of spousal support only is being requested: Enforcement Packet Instructions and forms. Also refer to the “Filing Documents” section above.
 
Child Support Guidelines - The Arizona Child Support Guidelines adopted by the Arizona Supreme Court on January 1, 2005.
 
Child Support Calculator - The Arizona Supreme Court’s Child Support Calculator, an interactive document that will calculate a child support amount based on the Arizona Child Support Guidelines. The printout from this site may be used in place of the Parent’s Worksheet for Child Support Amount form required when filing an action for establishment or modification. It will also produce the forms for Child Support Orders and Orders of Assignments.
 
Direct Deposit/Electronic Payment Card 
Paper checks are no longer mailed out by the Support Payment Clearinghouse. Arizona law now requires that payments be issued by electronic means. You may choose to receive your payment by Direct Deposit to your bank account or by Electronic Payment Card (EPC) debit card. EPC cards Frequently Asked Questions. You may download the authorization form here: Electronic Payment Authorization Form. If you do not complete and return this form then you will be automatically enrolled in the EPC program. This form may also be used for changing your account information.
 
Glossary of Terms - Arizona Supreme Court’s Glossary of Terms.
 
Arizona Supreme Court’s Website on Family Law Issues - extensive information on Family Law issues.
 
Arizona Revised Statutes - Title 25 Marriage and Dissolution - Arizona law re: Marriage and Dissolution
 
Arizona Rules of Family Law Procedure - Arizona Rules of Court re: Family Law Procedure