Skilled Guidance With Calculating Arizona Child Support Payments
When a divorce or separation involves children, the issues at hand can be complicated and overwhelming. While the well-being of your children is likely at the forefront of your mind, you may also be anxious about emerging from the divorce in a healthy, stable financial position.
Our attorneys at Lincoln & Wenk, PLLC, have over 25 years of combined experience in assisting separating or divorcing couples with the legal challenges they face. We understand the duress you are under. Whether you are the potential payer or receiver of child support payments, we will provide you with sound guidance that empowers you to make informed decisions.
Arizona Laws Dictate The Amount Of Child Support
Unlike spousal maintenance or alimony, statewide guidelines calculate child support payments. These guidelines utilize a mathematical formula that considers several relevant factors before arriving at the monthly amount to be paid. Such payments must continue until the child either turns 18 or graduates from high school.
The considerations in determining the amount of child support owed include:
- The incomes of both parents
- The child custody and parenting time agreement
- Educational expenses
- Health insurance costs
- Child care expenses
While much of the child support calculation process is straightforward, an attorney can represent and protect your interests throughout the duration of the process. Child support is contingent on child custody agreements, as the parent without primary custody must then pay the custodial parent. We can represent you throughout both processes, as well as other legal matters affecting your children.
Why Use The Arizona Child Support Calculator?
The state child support calculator is beneficial for accurately gauging how much support will be paid every month, based on your income and family size. State law requires both the custodial and the noncustodial parent to provide “reasonable support for their minor children.”
In most situations, the calculator will show that at least 25% of the noncustodial parent’s income will go toward child support. The maximum a parent will pay in Arizona is 50% of their gross income. Some things to note about calculating Arizona child support* are:
- A parent earning $2,000 a month who has two children will likely pay $500 per month.
- The amount of child support will go up after the children turn 12.
- If parents share custody (at least 40% of the time is spent with each parent), then child support will be lower. In this instance the gross income of both parents will be considered.
- In shared or joint custody, the difference between the two incomes is the amount the parent who earns more will pay.
- There is a cap on child support if the monthly income is greater than $20,000.
- Child support is only calculated for up to six children.
Child support calculators are accessible online, easy to use and free. Understanding what is taken into consideration can be helpful. There are events that can affect child support, so it is wise to consult with a family law attorney regarding your specific situation.
Modifying An Order After A Substantial Life Change
Arizona courts can be reluctant to change court orders involving children. However, when a substantial life event necessitates a change to the original order, we can assist. Such changes could include the loss of a job, a substantial change in income, the serious illness or disability of a child or parent, and more.
Whether you seek a modification or are on the receiving end, we will protect your long-term interests in reducing, increasing or maintaining the payments.
Speak With An Experienced Family Law Attorney
Our lawyers provide knowledgeable counsel when you need it most. Learn how we can assist you throughout challenging financial concerns in a divorce. We serve clients across the Goodyear, Peoria and Phoenix areas. Schedule a consultation with us by calling 623-748-4890 or by sending us an email.
*Based on laws in 2021.