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Using child support and alimony calculators may help you

On Behalf of | Nov 10, 2021 | Family Law

When you are getting a divorce, one of the things you’ll need to do is determine how much child support will be paid. In most cases, Arizona will follow close rules regarding maintenance payments and how to calculate them.

Some people believe that child support will be excessive. Others think that they won’t get enough. Instead of guessing, something that you can do is upload your basic information into a child support calculator. This will allow you to put in all of your income and other financial information so that you can determine what a fair value for child support would be.

The same kind of calculator can be used for spousal support or alimony. With that, you can put in the length of your marriage, you and your spouse’s ages, your incomes and then calculate alimony.

Why use a calculator to assess how much support is needed?

While it is up to you, your spouse and the court to determine how much child support or alimony is needed or appropriate in your case, the calculator can help you get a good idea of what is reasonable.

For example, if you input a marriage length of five years, two incomes of $50,000 and $75,000 and ages 35 and 39, you will see that the calculator shows that the second spouse should receive monthly maintenance payment of $166.67 for between 18 and 30 months.

With the child support calculator, you add even more information. You’ll put in your time-sharing arrangement, income, spousal maintenance, and other adjustments to determine how much support is necessary.

The nice thing about working with a calculator first is that you can go through specific adjustments and see how they would affect how much you or the other party would pay in support or alimony in advance. This may help you negotiate during your discussions or be prepared for the final court order to be a similar amount. For most people, knowing what to expect is the key to moving through this process more easily, so calculating the potential outcome in advance may help you, too.