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Child support is calculated in Arizona using the Arizona Child Support Guidelines, which uses an income-based model that considers incomes of both parents. Even if one parent is not working, the court may attribute income to that parent. For example, if one parent is a stay-at-home parent, the court may attribute minimum wage to that person.
Generally, debts such as mortgage or rent or car payments are not included in determining child support. Certain expenses for the children will be included in the calculation: health insurance is one such cost; sometimes child care costs including private school tuition or counseling will be considered. The amount of parenting time each parent has will affect child support.
Apportionment of non-covered medical, dental and vision expenses must occur, as well as determination of the child tax dependency exemption. How are you going to divide extracurricular expenses and responsibilities? What happens if someone is not current on child support? What if one person is self-employed and there are concerns of hiding money? It is always important to know what you may be entitled to and what you may be responsible for when it comes to your children.
Child support decisions may be modified if there is a change of circumstances, such as if one parent’s income changes, either of the parents has another child, or parenting time changes. Call to schedule a consultation to discuss child support.
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