In the state of Arizona, the law makes clear that every child has the right to be supported by both of his parents. If the parents are not living together to raise the child in a nuclear family, then one parent will likely be obligated to pay child support to the other.
It is very important for parents to understand the rules regarding child support and essential for the custodial parent to take appropriate legal action to get the financial assistance he or she needs to provide for a child.
Singer Pistiner, P.C. knows how important it is for you to have financial resources to provide your child with the best of opportunities in life. We can represent you in legal actions to secure a support order and to enforce a child support decree. Call or contact us online today to learn more about how we can help you.
Arizona Laws on Child Support
In Arizona, a non-custodial parent is obligated to pay child support even if he or she does not have visitation rights to the child. If it has not been established who the father of a child is, the mother, a guardian or the state can pursue a paternity case in order to determine who the father is and to compel support. Child support must be paid until a child reaches the age of 18. If the father is not identified at birth, he or she may owe back child support once paternity is established.
The amount of child support that must be paid will vary depending upon many factors including:
- The incomes of each parent.
- The amount of time that each parent spends physically caring for the child under the terms of the custody agreement.
- The unique needs of the child including any factors that result in extra expenditures.
- The number of children that a couple has.
- Other financial obligations that the paying parent has, including support orders for other children.
A standard formula is used to determine support and parents generally may not deviate from this formula to agree that less support is required unless there is a compelling reason for this decision. A parent also cannot waive the right to child support in a prenuptial agreement. It is the child who is entitled to the support, and a parent cannot give up this right on the child’s behalf.
Getting Legal Help on Child Support
Singer Pistiner, P.C. can assist parents who are separating or divorcing in securing a child support order. While the issue of child support is often decided in a divorce, there is no requirement that the parents have ever been married in order for support to be ordered. Child support may also be decided as part of custody proceedings, or the issue may be addressed in a separate court action.
Our Scottsdale child support attorneys have extensive experience with all types of legal actions related to the issue of child support. Our child support attorneys can assist clients with seeking an initial support order; with paternity actions; with seeking a modification to a support decree; and with enforcement actions. Our goal is always to resolve the issues with a minimum of time, stress and expense so you can get the money your child needs as quickly as possible. Call or contact us online today to speak with a member of our legal team and learn more.