Should You Modify Your Child Support Obligation?
In order to qualify for modification of your child support obligation, Arizona Revised Statute §25-327 requires changed circumstances that are considered both substantial and ongoing. Typically, from a mathematical point of view, a 15% change is generally regarded as satisfying this requirement - whether an increase or a decrease.
Typically, child support may be modified when one or more of the following events occur:
- Loss of employment;
- Pay raise;
- Additional child or children for whom either parent has a legal obligation of support;
- Increase or decrease of investment income;
- Increase, decrease, or termination of spousal maintenance payments;
- Increase or decrease in parenting time;
- Increase or decrease, or conclusion of childcare cost;
- Increase in health insurance premiums;
- Additional source(s) of income; and
- Change in age of child or children including emancipation.
Child support modification does not occur automatically. Any modification of child support requires a filing of a petition, service thereof and ultimately, a decision by a judicial officer.
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