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As of January 2022 the Arizona Child Support Guidelines were modified to be more descriptive and “user friendly”. Our experienced attorneys have the most up to date knowledge regarding child support factors, how to calculate child support, how to modify child support, how to enforce child support and various considerations.
Below you will find some frequently asked questions around the topic of child support in Arizona. You can always call us or fill out our form to book a free consultation if you still have questions. We’re happy to help.
Arizona’s support guidelines approximate the amount of money a parent would have spent on a child living with both parents. The “shared income” approach calculates the proportionate share of each parent’s monthly income that should be paid in child support. Typically, the non-custodial parent will pay a proportion of his or her gross monthly income to the custodial parent.
The amount of child support is calculated using both parents’ gross incomes, the child’s medical expenses, work-related daycare expenses, any extraordinary expenses and the number of children residing in the home. The amount resulting from calculations performed under the guidelines is presumptively correct and may be deviated from only when necessary to avoid an inappropriate or unjust result in a particular case.
In Arizona, there is no limit to the number of sources from which income may be retrieved for use in calculating child support. For example, gross income includes wages, interest from investments, bank accounts and retirement accounts, capital gains, veterans’ benefits, prizes and awards, lottery and gambling winnings, insurance and workers’ compensation benefits, pensions and annuities.
Yes, child support awards may be modified in some situations. If the agreement extended child support for a longer period than state law requires, and that was made a part of the court’s order, then a longer period of support would be enforceable. The parties may also agree to an amount above that required by state guidelines. For example, the parents may include additional support payments sufficient to provide for private schooling, college, vocational education, travel, or summer camp.
Every parent has a legal duty to support his or her natural or adopted child. Although the custodial parent typically receives child support payments from the noncustodial parent, that is not an absolute. Although unusual, if appropriate under the unique circumstances, the judge may order the custodial parent to pay child support. Child support payments are in an amount calculated to meet the reasonable needs of the child for health, education, and maintenance, taking into consideration the incomes, child care costs, health insurance costs, and so on, of each parent.
The court will set a date for the termination of child support in your order. Child support lasts until the youngest child covered in the support order turns 18 or graduates from high school, whichever happens first. If that child is unlikely to complete high school on time, then child support will last until the 19th birthday or anticipated graduation date. The court can order child support to continue beyond that child’s majority, into adulthood, if the adult-child has a significant mental or physical disability that prevents him or her from living independently.
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