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Arizona Child Support

Under state divorce laws, child support can be decided through either a separation agreement by the couple or the Arizona divorce court.

A separation agreement can include a way for the couple to deal with Arizona property division, Arizona alimony, Arizona child custody, child support and other issues that may come up during the divorce process. The Arizona divorce court will then approve and enforce the agreement if it's reasonable and fair.

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If a separation agreement is not created and approved when filing divorce, the Arizona divorce court will use the Income Shares Model to make a child support order. Arizona child support is calculated by estimating the amount of support the child would have received if the family had remained together.

The amount is then divided proportionally between the parents, according to each parent's income. Either parent can be ordered to pay child support, and the divorce court doesn't consider marital misconduct.

Some factors when determining child support for couples filing divorce include:

  • Financial resources of the child
  • Standard of living for the child during the marriage
  • Child's physical and emotional needs
  • Both parent's financial resources and obligations
  • Any destruction, concealment, fraudulent disposition or excessive expenditure of shared property
  • Needs of the child
  • Length of the parenting time and related expenses

If there has been a substantial and continuing change in circumstances since the original Arizona child support order was made, it may be possible to modify child support. An Arizona divorce attorney in your area can work with you to figure out how the circumstances of your divorce will affect child support payments and when you can petition to modify child support.

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The above synopsis of Arizona divorce laws is by no means all-inclusive and has been adapted from applicable state laws. These laws may have changed since our last update and there may be additional laws that apply in your situation. For the latest information on these divorce laws, please contact a local Arizona divorce lawyer in your area.

Arizona divorce laws were last updated May 2009.

Note: Keep in mind that all divorce laws are complex. If you need legal divorce advice or want to fully understand how these laws affect you, please speak with a local divorce attorney.