|ARIZONA CHILD SUPPORT INFORMATION|
Child support refers to monies paid by one parent to the other for the needs of the child. A parent who has the child physically more than 50% of the time may receive support from the other parent for that parent's share of the support for the child or if the time is essentially equal, the parent with the higher gross income, may be required to pay to the other parent an amount to equal out the households financially.
Child Support in the State of Arizona is set by the Supreme Court of Arizona through the "ARIZONA CHILD SUPPORT GUIDELINES". The most recent guidelines were adopted by the court for actions filed after May 31, 2011.
The guidelines list the factors involved in determining support. Child Support must be paid in money -- not in clothes or gifts and must be paid through the Payment Clearinghouse (see below) in order to be considered as child support.
Child support orders apply to any child under the age of 18, or a child who is still attending high school or an equivalency program but ends at the age of 19 regardless. Although, if a child is mentally or physically handicapped, the judge may order that support payments continue indefinitely, past the age of majority.
To calculate the child support amount, you can try using the ARIZONA SUPREME COURT CHILD SUPPORT CALCULATOR. Have the following information ready in order to complete the calculation in accordance with Arizona state guidelines:
Should you have challenges, you can always call us to get additional information or a free child support calculation but again, please have the information ready when you call.
Per Arizona Law, Child Support is usually ordered to be paid by Income Withholding Order through the Support Payment Clearinghouse in Phoenix. This means that the paying parent's employer is ordered to withhold the child support from wages of the paying parent and then required to send the child support to the Clearinghouse directly. The Clearinghouse then disperses the funds to the receiving party either by direct deposit to the party's bank account or to a debt card issued by the state. This system does take approx. 4 - 8 weeks to set up initially. Please keep in mind that the burden of proof of payment of child support is the responsibility of the Paying Parent and that Child Support is due payable the Date the Court Orders It (not when and if it is withheld from wages).
Always send payments to the Clearinghouse and be sure the Case Number and the Atlas Number is written on those payments. If you do not know the Atlas Number, you can call the court at (520) 724-3250. Any payments not sent to the Clearinghouse, may be considered a "gift" and not count towards the child support owed.
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