Calculating Child Support in Arizona
Arizona’s child custody laws focus on the child’s best interests by prioritizing meaningful and continuing contact with each parent. In fact, beginning January 1, 2013, Arizona replaced the term “custody” with “decision-making authority” and “parenting time.”
Even though the court uses a “custody evaluation” when making its decisions, it’s your responsibility to ensure the court orders regarding your custody and child support agreements are correct.
Using a Child Support Calculator
The Arizona Courts official website provides an interactive Child Support Calculator to help you estimate your child support amount.
Designed to function with Adobe Acrobat Reader, the calculator uses the Arizona Child Support Guidelines that went into effect June 1, 2011.
If your case involves default, the program will use the guidelines in effect at the time your case was filed.
If you don’t have a case of default, you and your ex-spouse can agree to use the guidelines at the time the case was filed or the time the order is entered.
Choosing a Calculator
The Arizona Courts website has two calculators available: one from 2011 and one from 2005.
The 2005 calculator allows you to calculate child support if your order was entered after December 31, 2004, but before June 1, 2011.
This version is available whether your order was originally from this date or if the modification was made during this time period.
Calculating Child Support
Once you select a child support calculator, you need to gather your children’s names and dates of birth, the gross income of each parent, and the spousal maintenance paid or received by either parent.
You should also gather expenses related to your children, including education, medical, and dental expenses.
The Arizona Courts online child support calculator will prompt you when you need to enter this information.
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If you are dealing with a child support or child custody issue in Arizona, contact us for a free family law consultation today.