How Is Income Calculated For Child Support in Arizona?

The Arizona Child Support Guidelines requires the Court to base child support upon the gross incomes of the parties. Income can be from a job, but it may also come from additional income earned from investments and other recurring sources, such as gifts, bonuses, stock options and any other form of compensation.
How is Income Calculated for Child Support in Arizona
Even employment benefits such as a military housing allowance, the employer’s cost of providing health insurance to employees and other benefits may be included in a parent’s gross income for the purpose of calculating a parent’s gross income.

You may want to read our article on the decision from the Arizona court of Appeals in the Patterson v. Patterson case for a discussion on the inclusion of employment benefits in a parent’s income for the purpose of calculating child support.

You may also want to read our article on the decision from the Arizona Court of Appeals in the Engel v. Landman case to learn about the treatment of employee stock options when calculating child support in Arizona.

In some cases, but certainly not all cases, the judge may include overtime income as a part of a parent’s gross income for the purpose of establishing or modifying a child support order. You should read our summary of the Arizona Court of Appeals decision in the McNutt v. McNutt case for more information on whether a court will include overtime when calculating child support in Arizona.
How is Income Calculated for Child Support in Arizona
Although interest income from investments may also be included in income, the Arizona Court of Appeals in the Jenkins v. Jenkins case held that an increase in the value of property owned by a parent would not “normally” be included in the gross income of that parent for the purpose of calculating child support.

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