Establishing Child Support in Arizona
Once paternity and child custody are determined, you can move onto the next step—creating a child support plan. In Arizona, this entails using statutory child support guidelines. While seemingly straightforward, there are details that, if ignored, could dramatically impact the outcome. Working with an attorney can help make sure all relevant information is considered. Located in Scottsdale, the Law Office of Hope E. Fruchtman can help you to navigate through this stage. Please contact us or call 623-806-8437 to learn more.
Understanding Arizona Child Support Guidelines
In determining how much each parent will contribute to supporting their children, first, an estimate of how much would be spent on a child if the family was still living together will be made. Based on factors such as the income of each parent and the amount of time each parent spends with the child, it is then determined who will pay, and how much. If you are ordered to pay child support in Arizona, barring any unforeseen circumstances, you will be expected to pay it until the child reaches the age of 18 or graduates from high school.
Enforcement and Modification of Child Support Plans
For a variety of reasons, there are times when a parent will not pay what he or she has been ordered to. If you find yourself on either side of this situation, you may have options. If you are not receiving the ordered amount from your child’s other parent, you can take legal action to have the order enforced. Alternately, should you be unable to pay the ordered amount, you may be able to secure a modification of the support plan. To be successful in this endeavor, you must show that there has been a substantial change of circumstances.
Don’t Go At It Alone
At the Law Office of Hope E. Fruchtman, we understand the importance of making sure all relevant information is taken into account when securing child support orders. From our office in Scottsdale, we help people from all backgrounds — including those involved in a military divorce — secure the necessary support. To schedule an initial consultation with a lawyer, you may contact us online or call 623-806-8437.