Child support issues represent some of the most contentious and complicated that arise in divorce and post-divorce cases. A person in Arizona facing a child support matter needs to have a basic understanding of the law in this area in the state. This content is designed to provide an essential overview of child support law in Arizona. A person with additional questions, of in need of assistance in a child support matter, needs to engage the services of an experienced, skilled child attorney.
Establishing Child Support
The state of Arizona has established child support guidelines. These guidelines set forth the general parameters when it comes to determining child support in a particular case. If parties to a case negotiate child support, they must pay attention to the parameters established by the Arizona child support guidelines.
When a divorce case commences, a motion is filed by the parent with temporary primary custody of a child. Using the child support guidelines, the court will establish the amount of child support that will be paid while a divorce case pends. Ultimately, the court will establish a final child support order in a case.
Amending a Child Support Order
There are limited situations in which a child support order can be amended. Parents can agree to a change a child support order. However, any change must be approved by the court, typically needs to be consistent with the child support guidelines, and must be in the best interests of the child. Even when an agreement is made to alter or amend a child support order, a judge will need to approve the proposed alteration. A court will review whether the proposed change to an existing child support order is in the child’s best interests.
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