Child Support Lawyer in Scottsdale
How is child support determined in Arizona?
Child support refers to court-ordered payments that are typically made
by the parent who does not have physical and / or legal custody of his
or her child to support the minor child or children. In Arizona, state
child support guidelines are followed by the court. Without an agreement
of the parties or extraordinary circumstances, the child support amount
determined by the child support guidelines is what a parent will pay.
The entry of a child support order does not happen automatically. The parent
with physical custody can ask the court for a hearing to order child support.
The parties and their lawyers are responsible for moving a case through
the court, and our firm can help you ensure that the process is completed
Service of Process
Typically, child support will be ordered to begin on the first day of the
month following service of process. Service of process means that a parent
has filed papers with the court and served them on the other parent. At
some point, child support will be ordered to begin back to the first day
of the month following the date that the other parent was served. In some
cases, certain circumstances may cause child support to start on another
date, but generally, it is established in the manner described above.
Contact Our Scottsdale Child Support Lawyers
Once a child support order is entered, it will remain in effect until a
parent files to change it or the child becomes emancipated. If you are
child support modification to ask for an increase in child support or to pay less child support,
specific requirements must be met.
In order for the court to grant your request, the resulting child support
amount in the new calculation must be a
15% or greater change from the old amount, which means that you must have either a 15% increase or a 15% decrease
from what is currently ordered. Our firm's divorce attorneys in Scottsdale
can help you through the process of evaluating child support needs, so
call us at once.
Schedule a free 1/2 hour case evaluation today to discuss your case.