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WILL I HAVE TO PAY CHILD SUPPORT?
HOW MUCH WILL I HAVE TO PAY?
In Arizona, all child support calculations are made using a set formula found in the Arizona Child Support Guidelines. To determine how much a parent will owe in child support, the guidelines consider several different factors, including:
(1) The Income of each parent. Even if you are not working, the Court can attribute you with income.
(2) Support you pay, or would be expected to pay, for other children.
(3) How much each parent spends on daycare or health insurance for the children. (4) How much parenting time each parent has with the children.
A judge may deviate from the child support guidelines, awarding either more child support or less child support, if doing so would be in the best interest of the children. However, any time that the Court believes that deviation is warranted, the judge must articulate in writing what the amount would normally have been and explain how the deviation is in the child’s best interest. Word to the wise: If you have more than one child and you want to modify child support, make sure you talk to a lawyer.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Will a Court Calculate my Income for Child Support Purposes?
How Do I Modify a Child Support Order in Arizona?
If a parent cannot show a 15% or more deviation in the support amount, they can still follow the standard procedure for modification by filing a Petition to modify child support. A hearing will then be scheduled to determine whether a substantial and continuing change in circumstances has occurred. Even if neither parent requests modification, a court must automatically consider modifying child support any time that it modifies parenting time or child custody orders.
I want to modify child support obligations that I owe from the past (retroactive). Is this possible?
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