Supporting Your Child After an Arizona Divorce

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to raise a child from birth to the age of 17, you are looking at spending close to a quarter of a million dollars. That figure is based on children who were born in 2009. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s research also shows that the cost of raising a child only goes up as he or she ages.

This latest research into the amount of money it takes to care for a child only prompts the question – is it possible to cover the cost with one salary? When a couple is divorced, should one spouse try to carry this financial burden alone?

Factors Considered When Calculating Child Support

In Arizona, just like many other states, you may be able to obtain child support from your ex-spouse. The incomes of both parents will be taken into consideration when calculating the amount of support needed to care for the child. According to the Arizona Child Support Guidelines:

“monthly figures are used to calculate the child support obligation. Any adjustments to the child support amount shall be annualized so that each month’s child support obligation is increased or decreased in an equal amount, instead of the obligation for particular months being abated, increased or decreased.”

The court will take many factors into consideration when determining child support, including some of the following:

  • The child and custodial parent’s financial resources and needs
  • The amount of parenting time
  • The child’s medical support plan
  • The standard of living the child was accustomed to before the divorce

Obtaining Child Support

Once the court has determined the child support amount, a court order will be issued. This court order outlines the amount of child support that must be paid, the person who is responsible for child support and when the payments will begin. The payments are generally made through the court, unless both parents have reached an agreement to do otherwise. Every month, the payments must be made on time. Failing to do so could result in jail time, liens and other penalties.

How We Can Help

Dealing with a family law issue, such as child support, can be overwhelming and confusing. An experienced Phoenix family law attorney can represent you in court, as you pursue child support. A knowledgeable lawyer will also look out for the best interests of your children.

For answers to your questions, contact one of the experienced Arizona family law attorneys at the law firm of Curry, Pearson & Wooten, PLC by calling 602-258-1000 or toll free at 1-888-9AZLAWCOM (888-929-5292). 

Be sure to order a free copy of our book, Arizona Family Law: Handling Tough Issues in Tough Times.