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How medical costs factor into child support in Arizona

Paying for children's needs can be very expensive for the parents. Children need food, a place to live, clothes (which they grow out of rapidly) diapers (depending on the age), school supplies, fees for extracurricular activities and many other costs. When the parents are married or live together, they may not keep exact records on how much they pay for their children, but it can be a significant portion of their income.

Modifying a child support order in Arizona

Many people in Arizona have children with a person to whom they are no longer married or to whom they were never married in the first place. People in this position may be either receiving or paying child support for their children. Child support is ordered to ensure the financial needs of the children are being met by both parents when the child is residing with only one of the parents.

Establishing and enforcing child support orders

There are many couples who have children, but who are no longer together for a variety of reasons. These situations arise when couples divorce or were never married in the first place. Generally, when parents are no longer together, one parent will be ordered to provide the other parent with child support. This is to ensure that the child's financial needs are being met by both parents.

How is child support calculated in Arizona?

Many parents in Arizona either have to pay child support or receive child support. Any time parents get divorced and have minor children, or unmarried parents part ways, child support becomes an issue. Child support is required to ensure that a child's financial needs are being met by both parents. These needs include housing, clothes, food, child care and medical needs. While most parents know that they may have to pay child support or should be receiving it, many do not know how much their child support will be.

Arizona recognizes August as child support awareness month

Many parents in Arizona have had children and are now divorced or were never married to the child's other parent in the first place. These people have most likely had to deal with issues related to child custody and/or child support. Child custody orders govern who will care for the child on a daily basis and when the other parent will have visitation. Child support orders calculate the amount that the non-custodial parent will pay to the other parent in order to ensure the child's financial needs are being met.

Man charged twice for child support

Many people in Arizona have been divorced or had a child with a person they are no longer seeing. Generally, when this happens, there is a child custody and parenting time order. This governs when the child will be with each parent. It also has an effect on the child support order. Whoever has the child less will pay child support to the other parent. When that parent pays, no matter how they pay, there is usually no issue between the parents, at least as to child support.

Ludacris loses child support dispute

Many Arizonan fans of the rapper/actor Ludacris may have heard about his recent child support battle with the mother of his infant daughter. The mother of the child was seeking $7,000 a month in child support. Ludacris countered, stating he did not make as much money last year due to delayed production of a new movie and the fact that he has not made a new music album in a while. The judge on his case did not agree with him. He recently ordered Ludacris to pay $7,000 a month in child support and an additional $35,000 to the mother.

Arizona man arrested for failing to pay child support

For many people in Arizona, establishing a child support order is relatively easy. Either at the time of divorce or, in the case of unwed parents, at a hearing to establish paternity, child support is ordered at an amount either agreed to by the parties or determined by a judge in accordance with state child support guidelines. The hard part for many parents, however, is child support enforcement. Simply being ordered to pay a certain amount does not mean that the person will actually pay it. Some individuals are very good at evading child support collection efforts and end up owing large amounts of child support.

Many being arrested for failure to pay child support in Arizona

In Arizona there are many people who have children and are either divorced or were never married to the other parent. In these situations, many times one parent is ordered to pay the other parent child support. The purpose of child support orders is to ensure that the financial needs of the child are being met and that both parents are contributing. Sometimes there are never any issues with the child support payment, but in many cases child support payments are not being made. This can have a detrimental effect on the child's well-being.

One of baseball's richest players in child-support dispute

There are many parents in Arizona who must pay child support. The initial child support order is based on the circumstances at the time of the order. However, over the course of a child's life, circumstances may change. One parent may lose a job or have a medical emergency that prohibits them from working. Sometimes, child care costs increase or the child has more financial needs. Also, one parent may find a new job or receive a promotion and earn significantly more than they did at the time of the original order.

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