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Child Support in Arizona

How much will I get/pay?  What does it include?  How long does it last for?  In any divorce or custody case where minor children are involved, one of the first questions from a new or prospective client almost always has to do with child support.  What they don't know is that in Arizona, determining child support is as easy as plugging numbers into a formula.


Putting it simply, the number one cause of divorce is hurt feelings. That may sound overly simplistic, but it's accurate in a general sense. Do your feelings get hurt when your spouse seems interested in someone else? Of course. Do your feelings get hurt when you spouse doesn't like to be intimate as often as you do? Yes. And do your feelings get hurt when your spouse micro manages the checkbook and monitors everything you purchase.  Again, yes. Those hurt feelings can pile on one another and lead to disastrous results.

Custody and Parenting Time

People often get confused about Custody laws in Arizona.  Essentially there are two different types of custody: "Legal Custody" and "Physical Custody".

Alimony/Spousal Maintenance

In Arizona, what is commonly known as "alimony" is referred to as spousal maintenance. Arizona does not follow any set calculation or formula for determining if spousal maintenance is appropriate, nor for how much or how long it should last.  Instead, this is left to the Court's discretion.  The Judge is guided by statute and is required to first look at four factors to determine if spousal maintenance is appropriate. Those factors are:

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