A child support attorney can help you if you have kids and are not going to be raising them in a two-parent household. It’s important to talk to an attorney because if you are separating or divorcing and you have children, you likely will either receive child support or you will have to pay child support. The law is very strict in Arizona in ensuring that all children receive support from both parents, so child support typically cannot be waived and a standard formula is used in order to determine the amount of support that one parent must pay to another.
Whether you’ll be receiving support or you will be obligated by law to pay support to the child’s other parent, it is important that you understand how child support is determined under Arizona law. You should strongly consider reaching out to a compassionate and knowledgeable child support attorney as soon as you have decided you will not raise your children with the child’s other parent so you can understand your rights and obligations.
Singer Pistiner, P.C. is here to help and our legal team can provide you with advice personalized to your situation. You can also read on to learn about key factors affecting how much child support will cost, including the following factors.
The Number of Children You Have
If you have multiple children, the amount of child support you need to pay to the other parent of those children will be higher than if you had just one child. The support amount is higher because it is costlier to take care of several children than to care for just one child.
When the court determines how much child support is due to a child’s other parent, the court also considers whether you have existing support payments for children from another relationship. If you are paying child support to children from another relationship, you may have less disposable income to pay support and this will be factored in when a new support order is issued for your children from your new relationship.
The Income of Each Parent
Parental income is important when determining how much support is due. The court considers the income of both parents when assessing how much the paying parent will owe for the support of the children.
The Custody Arrangement For the Children
When custody is shared and your kids are under your care for a period of time, this will reduce the amount of support that you are obligated to pay to the child’s other parent. It is assumed that you provide for your child’s basic needs when the child is under your care, which is why support can be lowered if you have time with the kids. Because this affects child support, it is important that you modify support if your custody arrangement changes.
The Special Needs of the Children
There are certain circumstances in which it is much more expensive to care for a child than it would typically be. For example, if your child has a medical condition that it is very expensive to treat even with health insurance, then it will cost more for the custodial parent to provide support for the child. Under these circumstances, the court will consider the child’s special needs in determining the amount of support that is due.
Getting Help from a Scottsdale Child Support Attorney
These are just some of many examples of the types of factors that can affect the amount of child support that one parent may need to pay to another parent when a child is being raised by parents who live in separate households. There are also other issues that are considered, including issues that may be specific to your own unique situation.
A Scottsdale child support attorney at Singer Pistiner, P.C. can provide you with comprehensive advice on the specifics of child support in the state of Arizona. Our compassionate and knowledgeable legal team can also assist you in making an assessment of the amount of child support that you may have to pay or that you may be entitled to receive given the specifics of your circumstances.
To find out more about child support rules in Arizona, download our free divorce guide. You can also give us a call at 602-264-0110 or contact us online to get personalized advice on support issues that you are facing.