Any family law case will also address the rights and responsibilities of parents. A divorce or separation that involves children must carefully consider their best interests. A well drafted parenting plan and careful consideration of their financial needs should be included in any final divorce decree.
Both parents have an equal chance to retain custody of their kids, and the law promotes a joint custody structure. However, in situations where a parent cannot provide a nurturing home for their children, or where there has been a history of abuse, the other may argue for sole custody.
Separate from the issue of parenting time and custody is child support. Either parent may be ordered to pay child support, according to AZ Rev Stat §25-501(A). The obligation to pay child support and the amount ordered does not consider your other expenses. Instead, support orders typically only consider specific factors like income, parenting time, spousal support paid or received, other children, and expenses directly related to your kids for insurance, childcare, and other special costs.
Child support can be complicated, so even if you are representing yourself, you should consult with an experienced family lawyer in Mesa to advocate for you and your children’s needs or to just get information. Remember, you can always stop by our office for resources or call to make an appointment.