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Order of Assignment
Order of Assignment Court
is designed for parties seeking stop or modify the current Order of Assignment.
Upon filing a Petition to Stop an Order of Assignment
or Petition to Modify the Order of Assignment
filing party will serve
the other party with the Petition and allow for a designated response time. The
other party may choose to do nothing, or the other party may request a hearing. If the other party lives in
Arizona, he or she has 20 days from the date he or she was served with the Petition to Request a Hearing.
If the other party does not live in Arizona, he or she has 30 days from the date he or she was served with
the "Petition to Modify to Request a Hearing." Wait for the court to let you know what the judge decided
or for a hearing date to be set. The judge will write an order stating what the judge decided to do with
your case. Read the judge's order carefully, so you know what the judge decided to do next. If it goes to
a hearing, a conference may be scheduled. The parties will receive an Order to Appear from the Family Court
Conference Center for a one-hour conference and a subsequent 45-minute evidentiary hearing before a judicial
officer. They will meet with a Conference Officer to review and try to reach an agreement. If an agreement
is reached during the conference, it will be memorialized as a written stipulation and signed by a Judicial
Officer before the parties leave the courthouse.
If there is no agreement, or if only some issues are resolved, the parties will appear at an evidentiary
hearing immediately after the conference at which they will receive a final order from a Judicial Officer.
Because a Judicial Officer will enter a final order the same day as the conference and hearing, there will
no delays experienced.
Please carefully review the checklist located within the Petition to Stop or Modify the Order of Assignment
to ensure that you meet the criteria to file the Petition. It should be noted that an order of Assignment
is not the same as your child support order, and if any current or past due child support or spousal
maintenance is still owed under the terms of the current order, review the forms to Modify Child support or
Order of Assignment. If your Order of Assignment was issued after January 1, 2005, there may be an automatic
stop date on the Order. If there is and that date is correct, you do not need to file anything to stop the
Order, though you may want to make sure the payroll department of whomever has been making payments is aware
of the termination date.