Arizona Child Support and Recent Revisions to the Guidelines

Arizona uses guidelines to determine appropriate child support.  The guidelines base the amount of child support entered on: Both parties’ incomes or attributed incomes (the Court can attribute income if a parent could earn more than he/she is earning); Whether either parent is paying or receiving spousal maintenance to/from the other; Whether either parent has other children; The number of children; The number of children over age 12; The cost of health insurance premiums for the … [Read more...]

What Happens in an Arizona Paternity Action?

A paternity action is what one files when they have a child or children with another person who is not his/her spouse.  In an Arizona paternity action, the Court will establish who the father of the child/children is.  If a parent disputes paternity, he/she can request a DNA test.  The Court will also establish custody (whether the parents should share joint custody or one parent should have sole custody), parental access, child support, and the division of any lying in expenses (expenses … [Read more...]

How is Child Support Calculated in Arizona

In Arizona, child support is calculated pursuant to the Arizona Child Support Guidelines.  The Guidelines can be found on line at:  The Guidelines are intended to approximate:  “the amount that would have been spent on the children if the parents and children were living together.”  The Guidelines then determine each parent’s proportionate share. In a nutshell, Arizona looks at the following factors to determine child support: •   … [Read more...]

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