Child Support in Phoenix, AZ

Phoenix, AZ child support lawyer

A person with custody of a child may be eligible to obtain child support in Arizona.  It is the law that a parent (or non-parent custodian) of the child has a legal duty to support his/her child.

The state of Arizona uses child support guidelines to help the Court determine the amount of child support.  Also, you may have questions regarding child support in Phoenix.  Therefore, consulting with an attorney at My AZ Family Law Lawyer can help you address concerns you might have.

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    It is the law in Arizona to provide for your children.  Often times a child support case is complex.  Our attorneys are trusted, experienced, and dedicated to winning.

    How much child support will be paid

  • Does visitation affect the child support amount?
  • How long the child receives support
  • What happens if my ex gets re-married?  Will this change the su
    pport amount?
  • How are school expenses paid for?
  • Claiming the child as a tax exemption
  • How will other expenses, such as sports, lessons, camps… be paid for?
  • Modifying the support amount after a judgment

For assistance with your child support case, call our law firm to schedule a FREE CONSULTATION with an experienced Arizona Family Law attorney.  Our firm dedicate themselves to winning, provides exceptional representation, and offers finance options to make legal representation affordable.

ARIZONA CHILD SUPPORT FAQs

Your Arizona Child Support Questions, Answered

Our Arizona Family Attorneys answer some of the most asked questions regarding Child Support

ANSWER:

Child support is financial support for the care of a child or children made by one parent to the other. Child support can be paid by either the mother or the father. It is usually paid to the custodial parent by the parent with less parenting time, but the opposite can be true when there is a vast difference in income between the parents. Child support is completely separate from alimony, or spousal support. Child support can be ordered whether or not the parents were ever married. 

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ANSWER:

The other parent will need to establish paternity to request child support from you. In Arizona, paternity is assumed if the parents are married or were married within 10 months of the birth. The father can also sign the birth certificate, or an affidavit stating that he is the father. Otherwise, the matter will need to be resolved through DNA testing. If the results come back with a match of 95% or more, paternity will be established and you will be ordered to pay child support. 

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ANSWER:

There are a number of factors the court will consider when calculating child support. The relative income of each parent as well as the amount of parenting time each parent has will be compared. These numbers can be put into an equation to calculate child support, which can be increased or decreased based on other factors. The court will also look at whether either parent pays for the child’s insurance, child care costs, special needs of the child, the age of the child, and the paying parent’s ability to pay. 

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ANSWER:

In Arizona, child support lasts until the child has turned 18 and graduated high school. If the child is still in high school after 18, child support stops on the child’s 19th birthday. 

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ANSWER:

State child enforcement agencies coordinate with each other to prevent this tactic. You are still financially responsible for your child, regardless of the state in which you live. 

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ANSWER:

The consequences for not paying your child support includes wage garnishments, interception of one-time payments like lottery winnings and tax returns, and the placement of liens on your property. If you fall too far behind on your payments, your driver’s license may be suspended. This may also hurt your chances when applying for or renewing a professional license. 

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ANSWER:

Clearly, there are many options available to the other parent to get you to pay your child support. While the amount of parenting time can affect how much support you pay, the two issues are otherwise completely separate. You may not be denied your parenting time with your child just because you fall behind on your support payments. 

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ANSWER:

Clearly, there are many options available to the other parent to get you to pay your child support. While the amount of parenting time can affect how much support you pay, the two issues are otherwise completely separate. You may not be denied your parenting time with your child just because you fall behind on your support payments. 

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ANSWER:

In Arizona, your wages can be garnished by up to 50% for child support. If you have no other dependents, like a stay at home spouse or a minor child from a different relationship, your wages can be garnished by up to 60%. An extra 5% can be added to both of these maximums if you fall more than 12 weeks behind on your payments. That means if you have no other dependents, your wages can be garnished by up to a whopping 65% if you are behind on payments. 

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ANSWER:

Officially changing your child support with the court is referred to as a modification. You can request a child support modification after your current orders have been in effect for at least one year. You can file a petition with the court to modify child support if you have experienced a “substantial and continuing” change in circumstances. 

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ANSWER:

When it comes to child support, the term “substantial” generally means a change in income of about 10% or more. For a change in circumstances to be continuing, it must be persistent and unlikely to change. Retirement, disability, and termination are continuing, but a temporary downturn in business or voluntarily quitting your job are not. Either parent can request a modification after a substantial and continuing change in circumstances. 

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ANSWER:

If there aren’t any existing child support orders, a parent can request child support back 3 years. For example, a parent with a 7 year old child can request support from ages 4-7. A parent with a 20 year old child can request support from ages 17-18. 

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ANSWER:

Once child support is due, it never expires. You will die with your child support debt if you don’t pay it off. Past-due child support also can’t be discharged in bankruptcy. However, you can use Chapter 13 to help you catch up, and include other debts in one monthly payment that is tailored to fit your budget. Your child support will also accrue 10% simple interest per year. 

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ANSWER:

In any family law matter, you have the option of representing yourself. However, family law can be complicated, and you will be at a disadvantage if the other parent has attorney representation. Because child support orders are difficult to modify, you may be stuck with payments that are infeasible with your budget for years. The upfront costs of a family law attorney may actually save you far more in the long run. Learn more about the benefits of hiring a family law attorney in your child support matter by calling to schedule a free consultation with our Phoenix Family law firm today. 

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