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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.

What could happen if one stops paying child support?

Parents who are struggling to keep up with their child support obligations are encouraged to speak with family law attorneys. In some cases, an Arizona parent may request a modification to his child support obligation that may reduce the amount he is required to pay or may change the terms of the order or agreement to make repayment more feasible for the non-custodial parent. The failure of a parent to pay child support can result in significant legal penalties being taken against him.

Many expenses make up the steep cost of raising a child

Children can enrich their parents' lives with love and laughter, but the financial needs associated with raising a child can make a parent's wallet run empty. From simply supplying them with their basic needs like housing and food to paying for their extensive educational expenses, Arizona children can be a challenge to afford. The overall cost of caring for a child through its youth can reach into six digit figures.

Are your child's financial needs being met?

Stories about child support pop up in the news from time to time, often including such terms as "deadbeat dad" or "delinquent payments." Unfortunately not every parent who is subject to the terms of an Arizona child support order is able to make timely and complete payments toward that obligation. Even those who do may see their children's needs go unnoticed if the children's custodial parent fails to contribute to the financial welfare of their lives.