Child support represents a parent’s obligation to financially support his or her children. Commonly misunderstood, child support is intended to ensure that the children are adequately provided for without need for government assistance. In certain cases, it may also be intended to ensure that children enjoy a consistent standard of living at both parents’ homes.

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There are certain limitations on the establishment of child support, so it is important to act quickly.

A.R.S. § 25-320(C)


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Child Support in Arizona

Child support in Arizona is calculated using a standardized formula that primarily factors the parents’ incomes, court-ordred family support paid/received, parenting time, and certain qualified expenses for the children, such as insurance costs. Other discretionary expenses may also be added to the calculation, such as daycare costs, school tuition, and extraordinary expenses incurred for the children.
When a parent doesn’t pay court-ordered child support, the other parent can enforce the order. In an enforcement action, the judge may find the non-paying parent in contempt and order a substantial purge payment to avoid incarceration. The family court may also order the non-paying parent to reimburse the other parent’s costs and expenses to enforce, including the reasonable attorney’s fees.
Yes, Arizona child support can be modified whenever there is a continuing and substantial change to any material circumstances that would increase or decrease the child support calculation by at least 15%.

Common examples of material changes include:

  • Involuntary termination of employment;
  • changes to parents’ incomes;
  • increased cost for child health insurance;
  • changes to parenting time

No, a lawyer is never required in child support cases. But because child support cases are nearly always aggressively contested, you may want representation to ensure the best possible outcome for you and your children.

It is important to understand that self-represented litigants are held to the same standard as lawyers in family court. This means that if you do not know the Arizona Rules of Family Law Procedure or the applicable rules of evidence, it could irreparably compromise your case. At the very least, even if you plan to proceed without a lawyer, contact us for a free consultation.

Voluntary unemployment or underemployment will not reduce your child support obligation. This means that if the family court can use what you’re capable of earning (based on credentials, training, education or historical income) to calculate child support even if you are not currently working.
After the parents’ incomes, parenting time is the single most influential factor in the calculation of Arizona child support. Spending less parenting time with your children can substantially increase your child support obligation.

Similarly, even severance or voluntary termination of parental rights does not end a child support obligation. These actions only guarantee that the parent will be credited with no parenting time on the child support calculator. The parent’s obligation to provide child support continues until the child is legally adopted.

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