Basic Issues Of Child Support And Maintenance Orders In Arizona

Finding the best approach to your divorce or a family law problem always requires consideration of the financial consequences as well as the personal ones. If you have children, their well-being is almost certainly your greatest concern. You must also protect your financial stability.

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Obtaining appropriate orders for child support, spousal maintenance and marital property division may be pivotal for maximizing your stability and quality of life. At Lincoln & Wenk, PLLC, our experienced family law attorneys take great care to ensure our clients have the information they need to form realistic expectations and make confident decisions about how to proceed.

Child Support

Child support is determined according to statutory guidelines that employ a mathematical formula. Calculation begins with the entry of both parents' incomes, and it is then subject to a lengthy list of adjustments based on how custody and parenting time are shared, which spouse pays for health insurance, who covers child care costs and numerous other factors. Protection of your interests may well depend on ensuring the accuracy of all information provided to the courts. A parent's income does not include second jobs, nor does it include overtime or commissions unless those earnings have been consistent and are expected to continue in the future. The income of a new spouse is also not included in the calculation.

Spousal Maintenance/Support

While this is also referred to as alimony, it is not determined by any formula. The court looks at a number of factors such as the length of the marriage, the financial resources and earning capacity of both spouses, specific needs of minor children and a range of other factors. Once it is determined that a spouse is entitled to receive spousal maintenance/support, the court will look at several factors in determining the amount and duration. Those factors include the standard of living established during the marriage; the duration of the marriage; the age, employment history, earning ability and physical and emotional condition of the spouse seeking maintenance; the ability of the spouse from whom maintenance is sought to meet his or her needs while meeting those of the spouse seeking maintenance; the comparative financial resources of the spouses, including their comparative earning abilities in the labor market; the contribution of the spouse seeking maintenance to the earning ability of the other spouse; and the extent to which the spouse seeking maintenance has reduced that spouse's income or career opportunities for the benefit of the other spouse.

If you believe you should receive spousal maintenance or that your divorcing spouse will seek it, there is absolutely no substitute for experienced divorce counsel.

Modifications

A significant and continuing change in circumstances may be grounds for a modification of child support or spousal maintenance. The family law attorneys at our firm will assess your situation and offer clear, practical counsel based on extensive knowledge of relevant laws.

Child Support Lawyers Serving Goodyear, Peoria And The Entire Phoenix Area

We provide focused, conscientious guidance on financial issues to every client we represent. Our legal team is exceptionally equipped to advise you if spousal maintenance will be a contested issue in your case. For a consultation focused on your unique needs and legal options, call 623-748-4890 or contact us online.