Arizona Child Support Lawyer

As Child Support Lawyers in AZ, we know that one of the most important issues facing divorcing spouses is the issue of child support.  Most people think of child support as the amount of money one parent pays to the other parent to help financially support the children, but this is only part of the equation.  Parents have a legal obligation to financially support their children and an obligation to provide for their children’s emotional, physical and psychological needs.

Child support in Arizona is determined using Arizona’s Child Support Guidelines. The Guidelines provide a framework for determining a monthly monetary obligation that one parent pays to the other to ease the financial burden associated with caring for the children. There are several factors that are considered in determining who pays child support and how much. However, the two factors that most heavily influence the amount of child support that is to be paid are the income of the parties and the amount of parenting time each parent has.

Why You Need A Child Support Lawyer

When we meet with our clients as their child support attorneys, the first step in calculating child support is to determine each parent’s income. This is typically determined by both parties filling out an Affidavit of Financial Information (AFI). The AFI requires each parent to provide full disclosure of his or her income, expenses, and other financial obligations. Each parent is required to provide current pay stubs, W-2s, and tax information, where applicable. The AFI becomes the basis for determining each parent’s income for purposes of calculating child support.  You and your spouse should include income from the following sources:

  • Income from salaries
  • Wages
  • Commissions
  • Bonuses
  • Dividends
  • Severance pay
  • Workers’ compensation benefits
  • Annuities
  • Capital gains
  • Spousal maintenance
  • Unemployment insurance benefits

Keep in mind that this is not an exhaustive list, so consult your family law attorney to learn what income sources will need to be included.

Before the amount of the child support obligation can be determined, it is also necessary to determine how much parenting time each parent will have with the children. This can be decided by the parents through an agreement or by the court if the matter proceeds to trial. If one parent exercises more parenting time than the other, the more the other parent will typically have to pay in child support. Other factors, such as costs of insurance and daycare also influence the amount of child support under Arizona guidelines.

Once the amount of the obligation is determined the child support order is entered by the judge obligating one parent to pay the other monthly support. The parent obligated to pay child support has the responsibility to make sure he or she is making the payment each and every month. The court order will require that all child support payments be made through the Support Clearinghouse through Automatic Wage Assignment, meaning that the paying parent’s wages will be garnished by the Clearinghouse to make sure the support is paid. The parent receiving child support will receive his or her support payments directly from the Support Clearinghouse. This assures that the obligation is getting paid regularly each month and that the parent receiving child support is getting paid as required by the court order. Any payment not made through the Clearinghouse can be considered a gift and the paying parent may not get credit for that payment. Failure to make regular and consistent child support payments will result in a child support arrearage that will accrue interest.

At Genesis Family Law and Divorce Lawyers, we understand how important and stressful the issue of child support can be. We are committed to pursuing practical and effective solutions for our clients facing child support issues. We ensure our clients understand the child support process in Arizona and we passionately assist them in protecting what is most important to them. If you need a child support lawyer in AZ we recommend you contact our friends who are rated among the best divorce lawyers in Scottsdale AZ.

Uncovered Medical Expenses

As child support attorneys in Arizona, we tell parents to have a legal obligation for the payment of uncovered medical expenses for their children.  This includes co-pays, prescriptions, and any other medical, dental, and/or vision costs as a result of medically necessary treatment or procedure.  These expenses are not included in the child support calculation but are left to the parents to negotiate, or if they are unable or unwilling to agree, the court will decide for them.  The Arizona Guidelines do not indicate that uncovered medical expenses must be divided according to parents’ incomes but instead are divided by the court in the best interest of the children.

Child Care

Parents also share an obligation for childcare for their children.  The court will consider the federal child care tax for which the custodial parent is eligible when determining the obligation of each parent to pay for childcare expenses.  Childcare expenses must be reasonable considering the parents’ financial situation.

Extraordinary Child

The guidelines for child support in Arizona reflect the needs of most children.  However, couples with handicapped or gifted children may petition the court to increase the basic support obligation based on the needs of their exceptional children.

The legal team at Genesis Family Law and Divorce Lawyers understands how important and stressful the issue of child support can be. We are committed to pursuing practical and effective solutions for our clients facing child support issues. Our legal team will make sure you understand the child support process in Arizona and will passionately and compassionately make sure your most important asset, your children, are being protected even when you are requesting a child support modification. Contact us today for a consultation with one of our Genesis Family Law and Divorce Lawyers Arizona Child Support Lawyers. With offices in MesaChandler, and Gilbert we are ready to help.

Trusted Child Support Attorney in Arizona



Our team of child support lawyers look forward to helping you when you need it most. With over two decades of aggressive child support representation, we will not allow you to be taken advantage of. We believe in making a difference in the lives of our clients and their children.

Call us today and schedule your divorce consultation with one of our Arizona Divorce Attorneys. With offices in MesaChandler, Glendale, Scottsdale, Queen Creek, and Gilbert we are ready to help.


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Located in Mesa Arizona, on Val Vista and Southern Avenue. Our Family Law Attorneys and Divorce Lawyers in Mesa AZ have been helping our clients achieve the legal results they are searching for. Our Mesa Law Firm offers Divorce Mediation, Uncontested Divorce, Contested Divorce, Legal Separation, Female Divorce Lawyers, Annulment, Child Support Issues, Child Custody, Military Divorce, Parenting Plans, Prenuptial Agreements, Postnuptial Agreements, Grandparents Rights, Paternity, Order of Protection, Name Change and all Family Law legal issues.

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2915 E Baseline Rd Suite 115
Gilbert, AZ 85234
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Located On Dobson Road, just North of W. Chandler Blvd, near the 101 Freeway. We have a team of the Best Divorce Lawyers and Family Law Attorneys in Chandler Arizona. Our Chandler Law Firm offers Divorce Mediation, Uncontested Divorce, Contested Divorce, Legal Separation, Female Divorce Lawyers, Annulment, Child Support Issues, Child Custody, Military Divorce, Parenting Plans, Prenuptial Agreements, Postnuptial Agreements, Grandparents Rights, Paternity, Order of Protection, Name Change and all Family Law legal issues.

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333 N. Dobson Rd #5
Chandler, AZ 85224
(480) 632-2083
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Gilbert, AZ – Office

Located in South East Gilbert, Near Higley High School on Pecos Road, West of Power Road in the Power Ranch Neighborhood. Our Gilbert Law Firm offers Divorce Mediation, Uncontested Divorce, Contested Divorce, Legal Separation, Female Divorce Lawyers, Annulment, Child Support Issues, Child Custody, Military Divorce, Parenting Plans, Prenuptial Agreements, Postnuptial Agreements, Grandparents Rights, Paternity, Order of Protection, Name Change and all Family Law legal issues.

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4365 E. Pecos Rd Suite 138
Gilbert, AZ 85295
(480) 900-2302
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Florence, AZ – Office

Located in the Community of Anthem in Florence Arizona, off of Hunt Hwy. Our Florence Law Firm is staffed with family law attorneys that offer Divorce Mediation, Uncontested Divorce, Contested Divorce, Legal Separation, Female Divorce Lawyers, Annulment, Child Support Issues, Child Custody, Military Divorce, Parenting Plans, Prenuptial Agreements, Postnuptial Agreements, Grandparents Rights, Paternity, Order of Protection, Name Change and all Family Law legal issues.

Genesis Family Law and Divorce Lawyers in Florence AZ
3281 N. Hunt Hwy Suite 111
Florence, AZ 85132
(480) 632-1120
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Located in Glendale. Our Glendale Law Firm offers Divorce Mediation, Uncontested Divorce, Contested Divorce, Legal Separation, Female Divorce Lawyers, Annulment, Child Support Issues, Child Custody, Military Divorce, Parenting Plans, Prenuptial Agreements, Postnuptial Agreements, Grandparents Rights, Paternity, Order of Protection, Name Change and all Family Law legal issues.

Genesis Family Law and Divorce Lawyers in Glendale AZ
7075 West Bell Road Suite 5
Glendale, AZ 85308
(602) 834-8585
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Scottsdale, AZ – Office

Our Scottsdale Law Firm offers Divorce Mediation, Uncontested Divorce, Contested Divorce, Legal Separation, Female Divorce Lawyers, Annulment, Child Support Issues, Child Custody, Military Divorce, Parenting Plans, Prenuptial Agreements, Postnuptial Agreements, Grandparents Rights, Paternity, Order of Protection, Name Change and all Family Law legal issues.

Genesis Family Law and Divorce Lawyers in Scottsdale AZ
7825 E. Gelding Dr. Suite 102
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
(480) 581-1650
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