Child Support

Child Support Arizona

All family law clients have questions about child support.  It is common for one parent to fear he or she will not receive enough child support to meet his or her needs and the needs of the children, while living apart from the other parent.  It is also common for one parent to have concerns that he or she will not be able to meet their own needs if they pay child support to the other parent.

It is not uncommon for the “payor” of child support to resent the parent receiving child support, (who is referred to as the “payee”), and vice versa.

Many of the rules regarding child support are not well known by the general public.  For example, if a parent writes checks to the other parent or directly purchases food or diapers and provides them to the other parent, that money will not be considered to have been child support unless the parties agree, in writing.  If they do not agree, The Court may decide the funds or the purchases of food were a “gift.” The Court may order “back support,” which is referred to as “child support arrears.”

The purpose of child support is to approximate the standard of living the children would have if they resided with both parents in the same home. Although that is the purpose of child support, the Court understands that it is more expensive to provide for the “food on the table” and a “roof over the heads” of the children, when there are 2 separate homes to support. The situation can be difficult because the parties may have the same amount of money they had for one home but they now have to support 2 homes.  Unless one of the parents enters the workforce or finds a higher paying job, it is not very likely that the parties will have the same a standard of living they may have enjoyed in the past.

In 2011, the Arizona legislature enacted new child support guidelines.  The Arizona Child Support Guidelines consist of 32 pages of instructions and information.  There is a “Child Support Calculator,” available, but it may simplify child support in a manner that may not be in the best interests of the children.  This is why it is always a good idea to seek out the advice of an attorney before going into a courtroom to present or defend a case about child support or before entering into any written agreements regarding child support.

SIRLIN LAW FIRM has been representing clients with child support cases for over 17 years.  SIRLIN LAW FIRM is extremely knowledgeable regarding the ins and outs of the Guidelines and will help you to stay out of court if you and the other parent can reach agreements together.

If a client needs an attorney who will be aggressive in a courtroom, SIRLIN LAW FIRM has the experience and knowledge to provide representation in a courtroom settling and will diligently work to further our client’s goals and obtain the desired outcome from the Court.

Call 602-561-8107 or email us at [sf_email][/sf_email] to discuss a free consultation regarding your child support matter.