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Understanding Arizona Child Support

By Zachary Mushkatel on

Our Phoenix divorce lawyers discuss Arizona child support laws.

Child support laws in Arizona compel a parent to provide financial support for his or her children when he or she does not or cannot participate substantially in raising the children. If you are a parent of minor children considering divorce in Arizona, please do not hesitate to speak to an experienced Arizona child support attorney in the Surprise, Sun City, or Scottsdale areas about your needs.

Arizona has one primary method for establishing a child support amount by law: via court order. The court considers the incomes of both parents and the instructions in the Arizona Child Support Guidelines when calculating the support amount required by the court order. Before support can be calculated, the decision regarding how the parents will share custody of the children must be made. Then, the court may be petitioned to create and implement the child support order.

A parent who is seeking child support for his or her children is well advised to retain an experienced attorney for representation in court.

Once the court establishes the child support amount, it will also issue a court order specifying how much child support is to be paid, who will pay it, and when payments should begin.

One may also choose to represent advance free of legal counsel or ask the Division of Child Support Services to establish child support on behalf of the children. However, working with an attorney offers significant benefits beyond establishing child support, making it a good choice for many parents who are seeking the best possible arrangements for themselves and their children during and after the divorce process.