How is Child Support Calculated in Arizona?
In Arizona, child support is calculated pursuant to the Arizona Child Support Guidelines under Arizona Revised Statute §25-320. However, it is the data inserted into the Guideline calculation which will determine the amount of child support to be paid.
There are a number of variables which will determine the ultimate child support amount. The following factors are typically considered:Income of each party;
- The cost of health insurance;
- Which party actually pays the health insurance premium;
- The cost of daycare, if any;
- Which party actually pays the daycare expense;
- Any extraordinary medical need of the child or children;
- Any extraordinary educational need of the child or children;
- The number of children;
- Whether or not spousal maintenance is being paid or received by either parent;
- The age(s) of the child or children; and
- The amount of parenting time exercised by each parent.
The Arizona Child Support Guidelines contain a presumptive income limit of $20,000 per parent per month for calculating child support. However, this presumption can be overcome by appropriate evidence that a deviation from the Guideline support amount is appropriate under the circumstances. Such circumstances that would warrant a deviation might be the standard of living enjoyed by the child or children, or extraordinary expenses for medical, educational or athletic endeavors for the child or children.
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