Dealing With Arizona Child Support Concerns

Arizona Child Support Guidelines determine which parent pays how much to the other parent when separation or divorce takes place. Child support amounts are calculated according to a formula that takes into account each parent's income and parenting time days.

Child support also depends in part on other costs incurred for the child, such as health insurance and child care costs. Disputes often arise when a parent's manner of reporting income appears questionable. Income can be tricky to quantify when a parent is self-employed. For example, he or she may be paying personal expenses (such as food, gasoline or repairs) with business funds, using them as business expense tax deductions, and then trying to omit those assets altogether from consideration in child support calculations.

To ensure that you receive the child support payments that your child is entitled to — or to avoid paying more than your fair share of child support — you should have a vigilant, experienced attorney on board. Martinez Family Law caters to parents who want clarity and no nonsense. I am Elizabeth J. Martinez, a Phoenix child support attorney with you and your children's best interests in mind. I can help you present credible evidence and ensure all relevant factors are considered in determining the child support calculation in your separation or divorce case.

I can also help determine, in the rare circumstance, whether a deviation from the Guideline child support amount would be appropriate and should be argued to the court.

Do You Need A Modification?

Once you have a child support order in place, it is possible to request modifications, but this type of petition can be burdensome and difficult to win. This is why it is very important to get a fair and accurate base established in the beginning, when the first child support order is put into place. Only upon a showing of a substantial and continuing change of circumstance will the court grant a child support modification.

Things to keep in mind as you work out child support arrangements:

  • A parent's total gross income goes into the child support calculation, which includes not only wages and salaries, but also such things as bonuses, commissions, dividends, trust income, worker's compensation benefits, unemployment insurance benefits, and recurring gifts.
  • Tell the truth, so that your credibility will not come into question.
  • Testimony is a form of evidence.
  • The court may believe one party over another. Your integrity can help determine whether a family law judge trusts your word.
  • If a parent quits his or her job in an attempt to avoid paying child support, the court can attribute income to that parent in the support calculation.
  • If you have a special needs child, the costs you incur to care for your child are included in the calculation for support.

Note: If you need immediate relief in the area of child support, you can seek a temporary order while your case is underway. Contact Martinez Family Law for help.

Let's Talk About Your Situation Today

Contact me, Phoenix divorce and family law lawyer Elizabeth J. Martinez, to schedule a consultation, with no further obligation implied. Call 602-730-7455 or email my office today.