Arizona Child Support Calculator
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How is Arizona Child Support determined?
An Arizona child support calculator bases support on the what is called The "Income Shares" model.
The court will approximate the amount that would have been spent on the children if the parents and the children were
living together. Then each parent will be ordered to contribute a proportionate share of the total child support.
The custodial parent's support obligation is seen as "satisfied by the daily care of the child", so he or she is not
required to render payment to the child support registry.
However, if the court makes the determination to deviate from the "Income Shares Model," the
following factors below provide the framework for the child support order: Financial resources and the child's needs,
financial resources and needs of the custodial parent, the child's standard of living during the marriage, the child's
educational and physical needs, possible fraudulent dispositions of community property, and the duration of visitations and
The child support obligation has priority over all other financial obligations.
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At what age does child support payments end?
When the child reaches 18 years of age or graduates from high school, whichever occurs later. A child automatically
becomes ineligible for child support if he or she marries, is adopted, or dies.
Arizona's custody guidelines:
An Arizona child support calculator will give no preference based on the sex of the parent. The court considers the best interests of the child, and the
following factors: the preference of the child, the desire and ability of each parent to allow for a
loving and frequent relationship between the child and the other parent, the wishes of each parent, the child's
adjustment to his or her own home, school and community, the mental and physical health of the child and both parents,
the relationships between the child, the parents and any siblings, evidence of significant physical or mental abuse, any
coercion or duress in obtaining a custody agreement, who has previously provided primary care of the child, and any evidence of
Arizona's medical insurance guidelines:
Medical health care insurance and uninsured medical bills will be decided as part of the divorce agreement. If a medical
insurance plan is available through a parent's employment, they are required to cover their children on this plan.
How permanent are the provisions for Arizona child support and custody ?
Court orders for support and custody of children are subject to modification if there is a substantial change in either
of the parties' circumstances, such as a significant increase or decrease in income.
Wage garnishment for child support payments:
Arizona has a provision for withholding child support directly from the earnings of the parent who has been ordered to
provide support. Support is withheld and then sent to the state agency authorized to receive and disburse payments.
Once verified, the support is sent to the custodial parent.
How does joint custody work?
Joint custody requires both parents to share the responsibilities including approving all major decisions related to the
children. Joint or shared custody may be awarded if both parents submit a written agreement providing for joint or
shared custody, and the court determines it is in the best interests of the child.
The court can order joint custody over
the objection of one of the parents.
The primary joint custodian typically retains the decision making power to determine the child's primary residence and
school and to designate things such as the child's primary physician.
How Arizona determines child visitation:
Arizona uses a standard visitation schedule considered to be in the best interests of the children. Although parents are
generally free to visit with their children at all times mutually agreed to by the parents, the standard visitation
schedule provides a safe and acceptable solution for those times when parents cannot mutually agree: every other weekend,
summer visitation of four to six weeks, and alternating holidays.
This also links to: Arizona Division of Child Support Enforcement, Arizona Child Support Guidelines and Arizona Court Locater
Child Support Resource Center
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