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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.

Adjustments to gross income for child support purposes in Arizona

Many parents in Arizona are required to pay child support each month. Those who have gone through the process of establishing a child support order know that child support payments are based on guidelines established by Arizona law. These guidelines take into account a number of different factors, but one of the main factors is each parent's gross monthly income.

What is considered gross income for determining child support?

Many parents in Arizona either receive or pay child support. For many of these parents the child support obligation was determined using the child support calculator. We have previously discussed how this calculator is used to determine child support. However, as we discussed there may be disputes regarding which numbers are put into the calculator in the first place.

Challenging a paternity test in Arizona

Many children in Arizona are born to parents who are not married. Despite this, many times the father is present and known to both the mother and child. However, this by itself does not establish paternity. There are a few legal steps that must occur before the establishment of paternity. Many times these steps are done voluntarily and there is not a dispute, but this is not always the case.

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.

How does parenting time effect child support payments?

There are many fathers in Arizona who have children and are not currently married or are no longer in a relationship with the mother. In many of these situations, the father has a custody order and a child support payment each month. In addition to the custody situation, the father may have parenting time with the child. This is the amount of time the child is with the father.

Enforcing a child support order from another state in Arizona

Society in general has become much more mobile and as a result, more and more people move to different states to live. Many people living in Arizona were not born here and moved here for one reason or another. This could be because of a job, to be closer to loved ones or a number of different reasons. Whatever the reason for moving, previous obligations may follow people to new states.

Why is establishing paternity important for servicemembers?

There are many Arizona fathers serving in the military. Servicemembers have a very different life than civilians. They can be stationed in various locations and therefore have to move frequently. Also, they may be deployed for lengthy periods of time overseas. During these deployments they are separated from their family and managing family affairs is difficult. Family law issues such as paternity, child custody or child support may prove especially difficult.

Penalties for not paying child support in Arizona

In Arizona, child support orders generally remain in place until the child is at least 18 years old. Under some circumstances they can last longer than that. An order put in place when the child is young could last well over ten years. Over that amount of time there can be many changes in the parents' lives.

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