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For your free initial telephonic divorce or family law consultation, please call McGuire Gardner, PLLC today, and speak with an Arizona divorce lawyer experienced in family law cases. Our telephone number for Chandler, and throughout Maricopa County is (480) 559-8101. Our in Flagstaff telephone number is (928) 225-2597, or call us toll free at (800) 899-2730. You may also contact us online or by email and we will reply promptly.

The responsibility for the support and care of a child is shared by both parents. If you are the non-custodial parent, this will include paying child support. The amount of child support is calculated according to the Arizona child support guidelines. To get an idea of what you might expect to pay or receive, you can access the child support calculator from our website.

These guidelines apply to child support cases in Arizona. They take into account a variety of factors:

  • What is the income of the parents
  • How much are child care costs and who pays for it
  • How much is insurance and who pays it
  • Any special needs the child may have
  • The age of the child
  • How much time does the child spend with the parent who is paying child support

In most cases, child support obligations are typically taken directly out of the paycheck of the parent paying support and forwarded to the court. The court then handles the record keeping and forwards the payment to the parent entitled to receive it. The Court tracks these payments in case there are disagreements in the future over amounts paid.

For this reason, it is important that support payments go through the Court, not directly to the other parent or third parties.

Child support is paid when the child is under 18, or in some cases until the child is 19 if the child is still in high school. If the child has special needs, or is mentally and/or physically impaired, support may continue indefinitely.

In certain cases, the Court may allow parents to vary from the child support guidelines. This discretion rests with the Court and the Court is not obligated to allow it.

Each situation is different. You may be told that your friend pays a certain amount of child support. This has no bearing on what you may be ordered to pay, or what you may receive. We can explain to you how the child support guidelines may apply in your circumstance.

Call McGuire Gardner for a free initial telephone consultation to discuss your questions regarding child support.