Factors That Impact Child Support
Are you wondering what the Arizona courts will consider when determining child support? Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with our experienced Phoenix family law attorneys. In this article, we will discuss the different factors that impact child support.
Factors That Impact Child Support | Examples
While the parents of the minor child could agree on an amount for child support (or even discuss the possibility of no child support), it is up to the court to approve the arrangement. However, in many cases, the parents cannot agree. When child custody is addressed by the family court, the parties, represented by a Phoenix child support lawyer, will be bound by the amount set by the judge unless one of the parties files a modification at a later date.
Generally, the judge will consider:
- The income of both parents
- The number of minor children shared by the parents
- The amount of parenting time for each parent
- The money paid for healthcare insurance
- Medical needs and other needs of the child (for example, speech and occupational therapy)
- The amount of money paid out in childcare costs
- The amount of money paid for educational expenses
- The cost of dental care
- Any special needs the minor child may have
- Any pre-existing child support orders in place for older children
- Payments associated with joint debts
- Transportation expenses for the child
- If there are more than six children
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Factors That Impact Child Support | Contact a Lawyer
Child custody, with or without divorce, can be stressful. One very contentious issue that arises is child support. Child support is actually a right of the minor child or children. The purpose is to help with the costs associated with raising the child. If you have questions about setting the proper amount or a modification, contact a Phoenix child support lawyer to get the help that you need.