Mesa Child Support Attorney
Whether you are married to your child’s other parent or not, you are responsible for providing for your child financially – all parents in the state of Arizona share this obligation. Because most parents jointly provide for their children by living within the same home and raising the child together, exactly how funds are divided and allocated is not an issue. However, if you are separating or divorcing from your child’s parent, and you will not be the primary custodian of the child, then you will likely be ordered by an Arizona family court to make child support payments.
Child support helps to ensure that children receive the financial support they need for basic costs and care, education, and healthcare. If you have questions about how child support is calculated, how much you may have to pay, or how to enforce a child support order, our Mesa child support attorney is here to represent you. Call today to get started with our family law team.
Factors for Determining a Child Support Amount
Arizona Revised Statutes Section 25-320 address the factors that the court shall consider when determining a child support amount. These factors include:
- The needs of the child, as well as any special needs of the child;
- The financial resources of the custodial parent and noncustodial parents, and both parties’ financial needs;
- The standard of living that the child would have had if but for separation/divorce;
- The child’s educational needs;
- The child’s health insurance costs; and
- How much parenting time each parent is spending with the child, as well as any expenses related to that parenting time.
The state of Arizona also relies on child support guidelines in order to establish a standard of support for children, and to ensure that child support orders are consistent for people in similar economic circumstances with a similar number of children. You can use an online calculator to determine how much you may be ordered to pay in child support.
Length of Child Support Obligation
In addition to knowing how much one will have to pay (or may receive) in child support payments, parents are also usually curious about for how long a child support obligation will last. Under Arizona code, child support payments must be made until the child is 18 years old, unless the child will not complete school by age 18. If this is the case, then child support payments must continue until the child turns 19 years old or graduates from high school, whichever comes sooner.
Modifying a Child Support Order
It is possible to modify a child support order, although doing so can prove difficult, and therefore should not be pursued without the assistance of a legal professional. Modifications to child support orders may be appropriate when circumstances have changed drastically. For example, if a child is involved in a car accident resulting in a permanent disability, an increase in support payments may be reasonable. Or, if a child support payer changes careers to one that pays much less than the previous one does, a modification may be in order. In any case, a Mesa child support lawyer should be consulted.
Enforcing a Child Support Order in Arizona
When a court orders that a parent make a child support order, the order is not optional; child support payments must be made on time and in full throughout the duration of the order. In the event that child support payments go unpaid, the recipient parent may seek enforcement remedies. Some of these remedies include wage garnishment/income withholding, state tax refund offset, asset seizure, liens placed on property, and even the suspension of a license. In some cases, it is even possible to pursue criminal charges for the failure to make child support payments.
Contact Our Mesa Child Support Attorneys Today
Whether you are the custodial parent or the noncustodial parent of a child in Mesa, child support can have a huge impact on your life. We know that you love your child and want the best for them, but also understand that child support obligations can be confusing. When you contact our experienced Mesa child support attorney, our legal team will guide you through everything you need to know about Arizona’s child support laws, how much you may be obligated to pay or entitled to receive, what to do if you cannot afford payments, and what to do if you need to enforce a child support order.
You can reach the Modern Law, PLLC online, by phone, or by text today. Get in contact with us now to set up your free consultation.