Arizona Child Support Calculator
Child Support Calculator in Arizona
Are you looking for the new Arizona child support calculator? You need to know that the new version of the Arizona Child Support Guidelines took effect August 1, 2015. The new Arizona child support guidelines with applies to all new orders issued after August 1, 2015, as well as to Arizona child support orders issued before August 1, 2015, if a party seeks to modify those prior orders.
How to Calculate Child Support in Arizona
You should gather all of the documentation you will need before using the official Arizona child support calculator. For example, you need the gross annual income of both parties. Many things are considered “income” to calculate child support. “Income” under the child support guidelines is much different than what the IRS defines income for income tax purposes. For example, bonuses, stock options, and regular and recurring gifts, just to name a few, may be added to a person’s gross income from employment to calculate child support.
You will also need to know if either parent is supporting other children from another relationship as a figure will be used in the calculator to offset an amount from that parent’s income. You will also need to input whether either spouse is paying spousal maintenance and include that figure in the worksheet. Again, the parents paying alimony will have their income reduced by the amount of those spousal support payments. Conversely, the spouse receiving spousal maintenance will have that figure added to their earnings. You will then need to add in the cost of providing health insurance and daycare for the children.
Lastly, you would need to know how many days the other parent spends with the children. The exercise of parenting time decreases the primary custodial parent’s cost of supporting the children because some of those expenses are not incurred when they are with the other parent.
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Chris Hildebrand wrote this article about child support to ensure everyone has access to information about child support laws in Arizona. Chris is a divorce and child support attorney at Hildebrand Law, PC. He has over 24 years of Arizona family law experience and has received multiple awards, including US News and World Report “Top Arizona Divorce Attorneys”, Phoenix Magazine “Top Divorce Law Firms”, and Arizona Foothills Magazine “Best of the Valley” award. He believes the policies and procedures he uses to get his clients through a divorce should all be guided by the principles of honesty, integrity, and actually caring about what his clients are going through in a child support case.