Understanding Arizona Child Support
By Zachary Mushkatel on November 11, 2013
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.
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.