Each parent has a legal duty to financially support their child.
The amount of child support paid to or by a parent depends on a variety of factors set forth under Arizona law (Arizona Revised Statute section 25-320). Courts must also follow the Arizona Child Support Guidelines, which can be found here. Some of the factors for determining support include:
- How many parenting days each parent has with the child
- The ages of the children
- The income of each parent
- The costs paid by either parent for childcare or the children’s healthcare or dental care (including insurance premiums)
- If the children have special needs
An estimate of the amount of child support can be calculated using the Arizona Child Support Calculator, found here.
Sometimes a parent may wish to change the amount of child support. This must be done using a court order and cannot be done just by an informal agreement of the parents. A change in circumstances, such as a change to any of the factors set forth above, may justify a change in child support. If you wish to discuss this with an attorney, please contact us to schedule a consultation.
Child support is generally paid through the Arizona Child Support Clearinghouse. It is important to make payments through the Clearinghouse if that is how the parent is ordered to pay. Making direct payments to the other parent informally may result in the payments not being credited or an enforcement action being taken against the paying parent.