The issue of child support can be raised in a divorce, paternity case or in modification and enforcement cases. Child support can be temporary, permanent, retroactive or prospective. Initial divorce cases have an element of retroactivity, as well as establishing the child support that will become permanent until there becomes a need to modify it. The same is true for paternity cases. Emotions can run high in divorce and child custody proceedings, and too often the individual interests are at odds, and the best interests of the child or children involved can be unwittingly overlooked. If you find yourself in this situation, it may be necessary to seek out the services of child support lawyers in Phoenix to help ensure a fair outcome for all involved.
According to Arizona law, both custodial and non-custodial parents are required to provide “reasonable support” for their minor children. This is not an obligation which can be avoided. At times, a parent refuses to pay court-ordered child support and it becomes necessary to bring this matter to the court’s attention through an enforcement proceeding. Incomes of both parents may increase or decrease in time and it becomes necessary to ask the court to modify the child support amount either up or down. Child support is federally mandated and there is an established procedure for determining the proper amount of child support. In Arizona, child support amounts are determined based on a set of guidelines adopted by the Arizona Supreme Court, and a formula which is used to calculate the amount of child support owed by each parent.
The Schill Law Group offers our clients experienced child support lawyers in Phoenix that handle only family law cases. If you are in a situation where the person responsible for providing child support for your child or children is unable or refuses to do so, the lawyers at Schill Law Group will work diligently on your behalf to research the pertinent facts, fully investigate the financial situation of both parties involved, and build a thorough case in order to demonstrate that what needs to be done according to the best interest of the child. The Arizona Supreme Court guidelines for child support take into account the amount each parent would normally spend on the child or children if the parents were to remain living together. This is in an effort to provide a consistent standard of support that is consistent with the parents’ ability to pay. It can be difficult at times to determine the appropriate amount of child support for a parent who is self-employed, so the guidelines include a formula for determining “basic” child support.
Every child support case is different, and additional factors such as low income, child care and health care costs, adjustments for older children and children not common to the parties involved may be considered, as well as costs associated with parenting time. If you owe child support or cannot meet your current child support obligations, we can help you, too. The Schill Law Group attorneys have extensive experience in these situations and know where to look for all relevant financial information so that we can present a thoroughly documented case. The child support lawyers in Phoenix at the Schill Law Group have years of experience in all phases of child support litigation. Whether it is a divorce or paternity case, a modification of custody orders or an enforcement of custody or child support orders, our attorneys have the experience and understanding of the nature of child support litigation to provide you with effective and dedicated legal representation.
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Call our office today for a free consultation with our child support lawyers in Phoenix regarding your case and to learn more about our flat fee agreement at (480) 525-8900.