Parents in Arizona share the responsibility for providing financial for their children. In the case of a divorce involving children, many issues arise regarding the division of care, custody, and funds.
Child support provides the children with the financial support needed for education, basic costs, and healthcare. Many parents going through divorce have concerns about how much child support they will pay or receive, or how the support is enforced.
How Arizona Courts calculate child support
An Arizona family law court takes into consideration several factors to determine the amount of child support to award in a divorce:
- Primary parenting time and how much time each parent is spending with the child including expenses related to this time
- The age of the children
- Each parent’s income
- The standard of living a child would have had if not for the separation/divorce
- Costs of heath care and dental insurance
- Special needs of any children
Often, the court uses child support guidelines to determine and award support. The court does have discretion, however, to deviate. In some divorce cases, the court considers legal factors and standards of living.
Arizona child support services
How long will a child support obligation last? In Arizona, child support payments are made until the child is 18. If the child does not complete school by age 18, child support continues until he/she graduates from high school or turns 19, which ever comes first.
Child Support payments are received, recorded and processed by the Support Payment Clearinghouse. For additional information, or to connect with Arizona child support services, visit the Arizona Department of Economic Security website.
Arizona child support modifications
If either parent’s income or other circumstances change after the initial child support judgement, an attorney needs to file a modification proceeding. Contact My AZ Lawyers to consult with an attorney experienced in child support cases. A lawyer will review your modifications, or appropriate changes to child support. In order to reduce or change the amount of child support, a parent needs a court order. Even if both parents agrees to reduce child support payment, a formal court order should confirm these wishes.
Free initial consultation with an experienced family law child support attorney
When you consult with an attorney at My AZ Lawyers, we can discuss an approximate amount we estimate that you are entitled to receive for child support, or what you may have to pay in child support.
Child support is based upon written guidelines and Arizona laws. The amount a court will award depends on childcare costs, each parents income, cost for dental and medical insurance, daycare costs, how old the children are, or special needs of the children. Find more general information on Arizona Child Support Guidelines webpage.
My AZ Lawyers Family Law Attorneys and legal team
My AZ Lawyers will answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding child support, parenting time, visitation rights, or modifications. We help our clients understand better the legal process and how the law affects specific situations and provide options. In order to proceed and make the best decisions for your family, it is important to learn what to expect and it is crucial that you have expert legal representation. A divorce that involves children can be a complicated case, and clients in Arizona call our law firm because we offer dedicated legal services and staff that is understanding, yet aggressive in pursuit of the best possible outcome for each case.
Child Support and College tuition
Parents who which to negotiate the responsibility of college expenses after a divorce is not uncommon. As part of a final divorce agreement, this issue may be agreed upon with the help of an attorney. The jurisdiction of the Arizona Court regarding financial obligation ends when a child is an adult (18 years old). The court, therefore, does not award child support for a parent for college financial payment.
A couple may enter into an agreement, or a contract for support for college expenses, but it is not part of the child custody law (Title 25). Arizona law does recognize financial obligation for child over the age of 18 attending college. A legal contract may be developed, but the language needs to be specific to ensure that both parents are in a agreement as to the details of the agreed expense of college.
If the goal is to make sure that the child’s college is paid for, an option may be to take a portion of the marital assets and put them aside for college expenses. Again, this trust needs to be legally sound and carefully drafted by an attorney. My AZ Lawyers team can handle the family law and trust law issue that arises when parents wish to confront the importance of paying for college expenses/ support in a divorce.
If both spouses determine that planning for a child’s college tuition is a priority when discussing divorce and child support, consult a lawyer in order to legally secure this agreement.
Possibly, parents have already started saving for a college fund. If a parent has invested or started a savings account to benefit a child’s college education, these must be addressed in the divorce decree. Especially in a 529 plan, the goal of this asset must be clearly defined to ensure the money is available for college.
Again, so many issues arise with a divorce involving children. Clients have so many questions about which expenses get paid in child support. Only our experienced family law, divorce, and child support attorneys can navigate the legal process to make sure there are few or no problems in the future.
Cild support payments enforcement in Arizona
Child support is not optional. When the Arizona court hands down a child support order, payments must be mad in full and on time throughout the duration of that order. In the case where child support payments are not paid, there are means of enforcing the law, including wage garnishment, seizure of assets, property liens, or license suspension. Some cases must pursue criminal charges if a parent fails to make child support payments.
Arizona child support attorney free consultation
Our clients are both custodial and noncustodial parents. Child support does have an impact on the lives of families in Arizona. The law and child support obligations can be complex, and are best dealt with when My AZ Lawyers takes over the legal representation. Our experienced family law legal team will communicate everything and anything you need to know regarding child support. Often times divorce is ugly. Communication breaks down and the future of your family is at risk. We know the legal process, and we know how to successfully represent divorce and child custody cases to serve the best interests of our clients.