Child Support

Understanding Child Support Under the Arizona Guidelines

Unlike child custody and visitation questions, child support is a fairly inflexible obligation that both parents in a divorce can expect to continue until the youngest child turns 18, or graduates from high school.

If you have questions about your rights and responsibilities concerning child support, discuss your situation with a knowledgeable family law attorney. For dependable advice in Greater Phoenix, contact the Gilbert law firm of John Bednarz, P.C., for a free initial consultation.

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We can answer all your questions about child support, both in divorce and paternity proceedings. How is child support calculated? Is the income of both parents taken into account? What about special needs of the child? What if the parents disagree about how much each earns? How about adjustments to child support based on changed circumstances? What if the child support payments go into default?

The Arizona Child Support Guidelines provide answers to most of these questions. The basic award is calculated on the basis of each parent's income, the number of children, the time the child spends with each parent and certain expenses such as day care or health insurance.

Unlike alimony, which is often agreed to or waived in a prenuptial agreement, parents cannot by agreement decrease support payments or relieve one another of child support obligations. After all, the right to support belongs to the child.

Our experience with child support issues can help ensure that the amount in your case will reflect all of the factors that need to be taken into account under the specific circumstances of your situation. If you're the one paying child support, we can also help you get the benefit of tax deductions for each child supported. If you'll be receiving child support, we'll work to make sure that you're getting what you need based on any applicable adjustments to the state guidelines.

To find out how an experienced family lawyer can help you avoid problems on either side of a child support case, contact the office of John Bednarz in Gilbert, Arizona.