As parents in Arizona know, raising children can be very expensive. However, paying those expenses are vital for the child and extremely important. That is why courts order child support to be paid when parents split up or were never together. They want to ensure that the child's basic financial needs are being met by both parents, not just the custodial parent.
Child support is determined by the child support guidelines in Arizona. The guidelines use a formula to determine how much a child needs each month. Then the guidelines look at each parent's adjusted gross income to determine how much of that financial obligation each parent has to pay. There may also be an adjustment for the amount of parenting time that the non-custodial parent has with the child. Again the adjustment is based on a formula taking into account how many days the parent has with the child each year.