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When will I be done paying child support?

A parent who lives with their child may be painfully aware of just how much money it takes to raise that young person. From costs associated with keeping food in their body and a roof over their head to paying for their clothes, school supplies and activities, a Phoenix parent may be stretched to cover the many expenses that are required to maintain a child's needs.

Court reviewing state child support guidelines

Calculation of child support payments in Arizona follows guidelines issued by the state Supreme Court. The Court is considering changes to these guidelines because of Arizona's minimum wage increases and new federal regulations. These will impact support calculations and parents' finances.

Arizona program helps parents with their child support needs

It may take a village to raise a child, but it also takes money. This means that if a child's parents break up or divorce, one parent may be obligated to pay child support. The state of Arizona recognizes that child support is an important part of raising a child in a stable and healthy environment and provides assistance to help custodial parents and non-custodial parents.

Child support may cover more than just the basic necessities

What does it take financially to raise a child in Arizona? Of course, a child must be provided the proper food, clothing and shelter needed to survive, but a well-rounded childhood involves so much more. It entails having an appropriate education, receiving quality medical care, participating in sports, hobbies and other interests and so much more. Therefore, when a person is required to pay child support, they are providing the child with more than just the child's basic needs.

Trying to handle child support issues alone can be a mistake

Residents of Arizona may think that since there are child support guidelines and a mathematical formula for determining child support, that everything is pretty cut-and-dried. They may even think that the matter is so simple that they do not need to seek help with regards to their child support issues. However, this couldn't be further from the truth.

What expenses make up a child support obligation?

Parents in Arizona need to raise their children, which often means spending big bucks. There are many costs here, starting with basics such as food, shelter and clothing. These expenses can add up quickly, but there may be costs that don't immediately come to mind. For example, parents need to pay for various extracurricular activities, medical insurance, unreimbursed medical expenses, child care costs, and other expenses.

Sherri Shepherd may need to pay additional child support

People in Arizona who watch the television show "The View" may be aware that Sherri Shepherd recently went through a divorce and legal battle regarding her child. Shephard was eventually ordered to pay child support to her ex-husband. Her ex-husband is now requesting that the court increase the monthly child support obligation based on a belief that Shephard now makes approximately $1.8 million more per year than she did when the original child support order was issued. He is also asking that Shephard be ordered to pay his attorneys' fees and costs.

Underemployment and unemployment with regard to child support

Parents in Arizona have all types of jobs. Some work in finance, business, construction, healthcare, hospitality, and many other types of jobs. Generally speaking, an individual's profession dictates what he or she can afford. This includes what they are able to provide for their children. However, regardless of how much or little they are able to provide, parents have an obligation to provide the essentials for their children.

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