How Does Arizona Determine Child Support?
By Zachary Mushkatel on March 13, 2013
Arizona courts follow specific guidelines when deciding whether either parent should pay child support, and if so, how much the amount should be. The purpose of child support is to help cover the child’s basic needs – things like shelter, food, clothing, and medical care.
Arizona’s child support guidelines are available online so that parents may create a custody and support plan that is catered to the child’s best interests.
Some considerations used to create child support orders include:
- When should support stop? In most cases, child support ends when the youngest child turns 18 or graduates from high school, whichever comes later.
- How much should each support payment be? Child support payments are typically based on each parent’s income, which is calculated according to a number of factors. Other factors, like whether each parent has other children, are also included in the calculation.
- Who will provide health insurance for the child? Amounts paid toward health insurance should also be factored into the child support calculation.
- How is custody shared? If the parents share parenting time with the child on an equal basis, child support payments may not be necessary. The amount of time each parent spends with the child should be included in the child support considerations.
In addition to these factors, many other considerations can affect a child support payment. At Mushkatel, Robbins & Becker, PLLC, our experienced Phoenix child support attorneys can help you negotiate child support and custody arrangements to create a plan that works for you and your children. For a free, confidential consultation, call us today at (623) 889-0691.
Zachary Mushkatel is an Arizona native who earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona in 2001 and his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2004. After serving as a public defender, he entered into private practice and, ultimately, joined forces with Mathis Becker to form the law firm known today as Mushkatel, Robbins & Becker, PLLC. In addition to criminal law, Mushkatel practices civil litigation, with a focus on estate litigation and personal injury cases. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce and Sun Valley Lodge, and he is an executive officer and member of the Board of Directors for the West Maricopa County Bar Association.