When two parents no longer live together because of divorce, the end to a relationship, or they never actually intended to be together, one of the most important things to consider is how this change will affect their shared children. How will they be supported? How will they be provided for financially?
Parents worry that child support may be incorrectly used or won’t be enough to meet their kids’ needs.
In order to make an arrangement that meets both the parents’ needs and those of their children, it may be important to talk to an experienced family attorney about child support. Child support can seem simple, but that certainly isn’t always true, and getting it wrong could cost you tens of thousands of dollars over the lives of your kids. By retaining a well-versed Mesa child support lawyer, you will have your children’s best interests represented, and you will be protected during negotiations and in the final child support order.
What Are the Basics of Child Support?
Whether two parents were once married or had children while unmarried, one must usually pay support to the other if they aren’t currently living together. Alternatively, if two parents aren’t married and one’s getting support from the State, the Department of Economic Security could secure a child support order on behalf of one parent against the other.
Either way, as defined by Arizona state law, child support is the obligation of one parent to provide support to the other on behalf of their kids. More specifically, it’s financial support that is calculated based on certain factors, including:
- Both parents’ income
- The amount of parenting time that either parent has with the children
- Costs of insuring the children
- Costs associated with childcare
- Any other children they may have
- Spousal maintenance or alimony paid by one parent to the other
- Extra education expenses associated with the children