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New efforts to get people to pay child support may be working

Raising children in Arizona can be expensive. Simply meeting their basic needs of food, clothing and shelter is not always easy. Parents have to provide for their child though. This is true even when parents are separated or divorced. Therefore, child support can be extremely important for a child. However, despite the importance, some people do not follow the court orders and do not pay their child support.

How does one modify a child support order in Arizona?

Parents in Arizona know that many aspects of their lives change over time. This is also true for their children. These changes affect the children both emotionally and financially and parents have to adjust to best handle these changes. This is true whether the parents are still together or whether they are divorced.

What happens when one does not pay child support?

Raising children in Arizona can cost a large sum of money. They have many basic needs like food, clothing and shelter as well as medical costs, extracurricular activities, recreation and entertainment needs and others. Parents are required to pay these costs whether they are together or not. Whether the parents are divorced or were never married, the law requires that the both parents contribute to the financial needs of the children which is why courts order parents to pay child support.

Determining a basic child support obligation using the guidelines

Parents have a duty to provide for their minor children. This does not necessarily mean they need to get them everything they want or even luxuries, but they do need to provide shelter, food and clothing at a minimum. Sometimes, if the couple is divorced, ensuring that the child's financial needs are met by both parents can become a little more difficult.

Adjusting a child support obligation to include child care costs

In many families in Arizona, both parents work in order to support the family. When there are young children, parents might need to have child care for the children. This usually costs money. If the parents divorce, it does not alleviate the need for child care. However, the basic child support obligation does not include money for child care costs.

Self-support reserve test and child support in Arizona

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.

Travel expenses related to parenting time in Arizona

Many parents in Arizona have parenting time orders they must follow. These orders state when each parent has the children and when they must exchange the children with the other parent. Generally, if there is a parenting time order, there is also a child support order as well. The child support order states that the non-custodial parent must pay the custodial parent a certain amount of money each month for the expenses of raising a child.

Child support and split child custody arrangements in Arizona

Many families in Arizona have child custody arrangements. Each of these child custody arrangements may be different depending on the specific circumstances within each family. Ultimately, the custody determination is based on what is in the best interest of the child. Each child custody arrangement also has an effect on the child support determination, so child support determinations are unique.

Deviating from the child support guidelines in Arizona

Any parent in Arizona knows that children can be very expensive. They rely on their parents for all their financial needs. These expenses include the basics such as food, shelter and clothing, but include many other expenses besides the basics. When parents are married or living together, these expenses are covered by the parents. However, if parents are divorced or never married in the first place, then it is often times necessary for one parent to pay child support to the other for these expenses.

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.

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