Child Support Legal Assistance in Mesa, Arizona
Child support involves a court-ordered payment from one parent to the other
to cover expenses of the children from their relationship. Both parents
still have an obligation to provide for their children regardless of whether
or not they have physical custody. It is important to know the amount
of child support that may be awarded by the court in your case in order
to plan for your future and that of your children. We have an excellent
understanding of the factors and considerations applied by the court in
ordering child support.
Child Support Basics
When determining child support, the court will consider the Arizona Child
Support Guidelines, A.RS. 25-320 and applicable case laws. Sometimes the
determination of "income" isn't so clear, or perhaps one
of the parents is seeking a deviation. The Arizona Child Support Guidelines
follow the Income Shared Model. The total child support approximates the
amount that would have been spent on the children if the parents and children
were living together. Each parent contributes his / her proportionate
share of the total child support amount. Of course, the court has the
discretion to award child support in an amount that is more or less than
what is provided by the Arizona Child Support Guidelines based upon the
facts of the case.
Arizona Courts & Child Support
In Arizona, the state uses the Income Shared Model to determine how much
child support a non-custodial parent should pay to provide for his or
her children. Certain expenses may adjust the amount of child support,
such as child care, health insurance costs, education expenses, extraordinary
child expenses, older aged children (12 years or older), to name just
a few examples. Ascertaining the amounts of these expenses, the incomes
of the parties, and the number of parenting time days allocated to each
party may be the challenge. Our co-founding attorney, Maria Stein, deals
with these issues regularly and can guide you through this process. Extra
support may be required for children with special needs or disabilities,
and these children may receive support past the presumptive termination date.
Do you want to modify child support?
Perhaps your financial circumstances have changed since the court ordered
child support? Or perhaps one of the children has turned 18 years of age
and graduated high school? Maybe you just want to review the child support
calculations because several years have passed? Schedule an appointment
with our attorneys and we can advise you before you file anything with
the court. Know your rights before you take any action.
today to receive assistance in your child support case.