Calculate Child Support Payments in AZ

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Every four years, the Arizona Supreme Court is tasked with reevaluating the state’s child support guidelines. The Arizona Child Support Guidelines are then made available to the public, providing a detailed explanation of how child support payments are to be calculated. For an accurate amount to be determined, you’ll need to consider income, parenting time, and the child’s unique needs.

However, these guidelines are extensive, and it may be difficult to manually calculate what you should be paying or receiving. That’s why the The Valley Law Groups has developed a child support calculator for you to use below. Simply input the pertinent information about your case, such as details regarding your children and your financial situation.


How Is Child Support Determined in Arizona?

To summarize the Arizona Child Support Guidelines, you’ll need to consider the following information to calculate an individual’s child support obligation:

  • How many minor children are involved
  • The current ages of all minor children
  • The income of each parent
  • The cost of the child’s health insurance and which party pays for that insurance (this could include dental and/or vision insurance, as well)
  • Whether or not either parent is supporting children from other relationships (as well as whether child support payments are being received or paid by that other party)
  •  Whether either parent is paying or receiving spousal maintenance
  • The amount of parenting time being exercised by either party

These are the variables that are considered when you use the state’s child support calculator. In court, however, there are other factors that may come into consideration and judges may exercise broad authority in reevaluating and adjusting payment amounts.

Although they aren’t accounted for when you use the calculator, child support payments can also be influenced by:

  • Childcare or daycare costs (and which parent pays for these expenses)
  • Extraordinary medical or childcare expenses (e.g., a child with a chronic medical condition requiring 24-hour care)
  • Educational expenses

The most recent Arizona Child Support Guidelines (which went into effect at the start of 2022) have a presumptive adjusted income limit of $30,000 monthly, per parent. Once the threshold has been reached, the calculator will place a cap on the total support amount. Although this is a part of the calculator, it’s possible for this presumption to be manually overcome if the parent can demonstrate that the guideline would be unjust or inappropriate in their specific case.

AZ Child Support FAQs

If you have any additional questions about how to accurately calculate child support payments in Arizona, here are a few questions that are commonly asked by parents.


Calculating Child Support AZ

What Should I Expect Regarding Child Support Payments in Arizona?

Utilize our free dynamic Arizona Child Support Calculator to gain insights into your potential child support obligations. This tool offers an initial estimate to aid in your financial planning. Remember, the calculated amount is an approximation. For a precise assessment and legal advice, consult with our seasoned Child Support Attorneys available across Phoenix, Gilbert, Scottsdale or Peoria, Arizona.

What Factors Does Arizona Consider When Calculating Child Support Payments?
Arizona utilizes a specific formula to calculate child support, which considers several factors including both parents’ incomes, childcare expenses, health insurance costs for the child, any necessary medical expenses, the number of children, and the amount of time the child spends with each parent. Understanding these factors can help you anticipate the potential amount of child support to be ordered.

Is Child Support Taxable or Deductible in Arizona?
In Arizona, child support payments are neither taxable to the recipient nor deductible by the payer. This aligns with federal tax laws, meaning that the parent who receives child support does not include it as taxable income, and the parent who pays cannot use these payments as a deduction.

Can Back Child Support Be Requested in Arizona?

Yes, in Arizona, it is possible to pursue back child support, also known as retroactive child support. This can cover periods during which the supporting parent did not provide financial support before the establishment of a formal child support order. The court will consider various factors when deciding on retroactive support, including the needs of the child and the non-custodial parent’s ability to pay.

Is It Possible to Receive a Child Support Order If I Haven’t Divorced or Separated From My Partner?

It is indeed possible to receive a child support order in Arizona even if you haven’t formally divorced or separated from your partner. Child support is designed to ensure that children receive adequate financial support from both parents, irrespective of the parents’ marital status.

Can I Determine Child Support Payments with the Other Parent, Without the Involvement of the Court?

Parents are encouraged to work together to determine child support arrangements. If both parties can agree on a fair amount, they may not need to involve the court directly. However, it’s advisable to have any agreement reviewed and officially approved by the court to ensure it meets legal standards and can be enforced.

If I Currently Have a Support Order, but the Payments Aren’t Sufficient to Care For My Child, Can I Have My Monthly Amount Adjusted?

If circumstances have changed and the current child support payments are no longer sufficient to cover the needs of your child, you may file a request with the court for a modification of the support order. Such adjustments are considered if there’s been a significant change in the financial situation of either parent or in the needs of the child.

How Will My Order Be Affected if the Other Parent Remarries and Needs to Support Another Family?

The remarriage of the other parent and the necessity to support another family might not directly affect your child support order. Child support calculations are primarily based on the parents’ incomes and the needs of the children covered by the order. However, any substantial changes in financial circumstances can be reviewed for potential adjustments to the support amount.

What Happens If a Parent Fails To Pay Child Support in Arizona?

Non-payment of child support in Arizona can lead to significant legal consequences, including wage garnishments, liens against property, revocation of licenses, and even criminal charges. The Arizona Department of Child Support Services (DCSS) enforces child support orders rigorously to ensure that children receive necessary financial support.

How Do Changes in Custody Affect Child Support Orders in Arizona?

Significant changes in custody arrangements can necessitate a review and potential modification of child support orders. If the custody change affects the amount of time the child spends with each parent or changes the financial needs of the child, either parent can request the court to reevaluate the support order.

Can Child Support Orders From Another State Be Enforced in Arizona?

Child support orders issued in other states are recognized and enforceable in Arizona under the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA). This ensures that children receive consistent support even if one parent moves out of state or the order was established in a different jurisdiction.

The Valley Law Group Can Help With Child Support Payment Calculations

The Valley Law Group Can Help With Child Support Payment Calculations

If navigating the complexities of child support calculations leaves you feeling uncertain about your financial obligations or entitlements, The Valley Law Group is here to guide you through every step. Our dedicated attorneys, renowned for their expertise and compassion, place the highest importance on your well-being and that of your children. We are committed to securing court orders that guarantee just and sufficient child support payments, alongside equitable parenting time arrangements, tailored to foster the best interests of your family.

With The Valley Law Group by your side, you can rest assured that your rights will be vigorously defended and upheld, ensuring outcomes that favorably support and protect your family’s future.

Contact us today for a free consultation.

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