Arizona Child Support Obligations
Child support payments are ongoing and periodic payments designed to provide for a child’s expenses following a divorce. When determining the amount you are required to pay in child support, a judge will take a variety of factors into account.
However, some of these factors can change over time, such as a change in health insurance, loss of employment, or disability. Both custodial and noncustodial parents can request modifications of Arizona child support obligations to reflect a change in these circumstances.
How Arizona Child Support is Calculated
Child support payments are calculated by a court to ensure that a fair portion of each parent’s income is dedicated to supporting a child following a divorce or separation. Payments are based on the monthly gross income of both parents, as well as on statistics stating the amount that intact families spend on a child’s expenses.
Additionally, the amount of time a parent spends with their child and the age of the child may also ultimately influence the amount paid in child support.
Changes in Child Support
Either parent may request a change in the amount paid for child support. Factors that affect your employment or income can prompt you to request a modification or recalculation of your child support obligations.
Other reasons you may request a modification in Arizona child support payments include a change in health insurance or coverage, the incarceration or release from incarceration of a noncustodial parent, a change in child-related expenses, or a time period of three years or more since your child support payments were last reviewed.
In order to request a modification, you must obtain and complete a modification packet. Once the packet is submitted, your modification request will be reviewed.
If you need help understanding how a divorce and child support payments will affect your family, contact the Thrush Law Group.
Our lawyers will give your family’s case the personalized attention and dedication you deserve.