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CALCULATE CHILD SUPPORT PAYMENTS IN AZ
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 State of Arizona has developed a child support calculator for the public to use. 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.
The Valley Law Group Can Help With Child Support Payment Calculations
If you’re having trouble determining how much you should be paying or receiving in child support, you can contact the experienced attorneys at The Valley Law Group. We’ll always prioritize your well-being and the welfare of your children. We can help to ensure that court orders are put in place for adequate child support payments and fair parenting time, and that these orders will benefit your family and protect your rights to the fullest extent of the law.