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.

Contact us today to receive assistance in your child support case.

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