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Must a court always follow the Arizona Guidelines strictly?

As this blog has discussed previously, Arizona parents have their child support orders calculated according to Arizona's Child Support Guidelines. Some Phoenix residents might wonder, however, whether there are any cases in which a court might decide to order child support of a higher or lower amount, despite what the guidelines say.

When deciding child support, what counts as income?

Although the Arizona Guidelines for child support include a formula by which Phoenix residents can consistently calculate how much child support they owe, there can still be a lot of controversy between parents as to what numbers should go in to this formula in the first place.

Don't navigate the child support process alone

Handling all of the challenges a divorce brings with it is undeniably draining. Many of these elements, however, are necessary not only for the continued well-being of you and your ex-spouse, but any children involved as well. Child support is one such element. While providing for your children is something you're obviously dedicated to, understanding the nuances of child support payments can be difficult. Thankfully, you don't have to navigate the process alone.

How does unemployment affect child support income determination?

When the determination of gross income is made for a Arizona child support case, there are numerous factors that are taken into consideration. In some instances, a parent is unemployed or earning less than what would be considered, "full earning capacity." This will affect the entire case and how it is handled. Understanding this is a key to a case.

How long does child support last in Arizona?

In most cases, Arizona parents who are ending their relationship and share a child will certainly want to adhere to the best interests of the child and have a child support agreement in place. However, there is often a question as to how long the child support guidelines dictate that the supporting parent make payments. Child support does not go on forever and the parents must know when the payments will end.

Important points about modifying child support in Arizona

When an Arizona couple parts ways but shares a child, the best interests of the child take on a high level of importance when it comes to child support. However, there are times when there is a child support order and one of the parents wants it to be modified. There can be many reasons for this, but it is important to understand when and how this can be done.

The important roles child support plays

The well-being of a child is best served when both parents contribute to this effort. This is easily accomplished when parents are together, but the divorce process can sometimes complicate this matter. For some Arizona parents, they have child support obligations following a divorce. While this means that they will now owe monthly payments for an extended period of time, it also means that the financial needs and best interests of the child are met.

Adjustments to child support can help your children thrive

The State of Arizona has established a set of guidelines that dictate how much child support a parent may be obligated to pay. The guidelines consider the incomes of the parents as well as the number of children subject to the order. Child support amounts can be adjusted up or down from the prescribed amounts to serve the best interests of the children subject to the support orders.