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Child Support Laws In Arizona

Child support is a crucial component for ensuring that children’s basic needs are met. The state of Arizona employs a formula, which is contained in state guidelines, to calculate what amount of support is appropriate given a particular set of circumstances.Various factors are added into the formula, including:

  • Gross monthly income of each party
  • Number of parenting time days
  • Health care costs
  • Day care or before and after school costs

Spending more days with your child reduces the amount of child support you are obligated to provide.

When those who are obliged to pay child support fail to meet that obligation, the family court judge can take various forms of action.

Accountability Court

In Arizona, we also have Accountability Court to deal with those who habitually fail to meet their child support obligations. Various requirements may be imposed by the Accountability Court, including having to appear on a weekly basis and report to the court on such matters as how many jobs you have applied for in a given week. Failure to comply can result in an arrest for contempt of court.

Creative Solutions For Your Individual Needs

DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC, we understand how important it can be for both parents that child support levels are set correctly. For the parents paying child support, they need to retain sufficient funds to meet their own obligations. For the parents receiving child support, they may meet their needs (and the child’s) without the appropriate amount of child support. Our 30 years of combined experience allows us to provide our clients with exceptional representation on child support issues.

When Do Child Support Obligations End?

Many people assume that a parent’s child support obligations end when the child turns 18. In Arizona, that may not be true.At DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC, in Phoenix, our lawyers understand how important it can be to both parents to set child support payments correctly and to continue those payments for the required amount of time. Our in-depth understanding of Arizona child support laws allows us to give you accurate advice about your rights and obligations.

How Long Must Child Support Payments Continue?

In Arizona, a parent’s obligation to provide child support ends:

  • When a child turns age 18, if he or she is not in high school
  • When a child graduates from high school or reaches age 19, whichever comes first

However, if a child has special needs, child support obligations can continue indefinitely. In this case, the parents may litigate whether child support payments should continue beyond age 19.

Does My Ex Have To Help Pay Our Child’s College Expenses?

Parents in Arizona are not required to provide financial support to a child in college. However, parents can form an agreement to make provisions for college expenses. Since the family court will lose jurisdiction of your child when he or she turns 19, the agreement may be enforced in civil court.

Contact The Phoenix Child Support Attorneys Of DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC

When you face child support issues, choose the right attorney to ensure that your rights are protected. Turn to the Arizona child support attorneys of DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC. To schedule an initial consultation, call 602-626-9552, 800-409-0262 or
contact our office online.

Awards & Accolades

DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC and founding attorney DeShon Laraye Pullen received many prestigious honors, including: Small Firm of the Year, Best Law Firms in Arizona, Family Law Litigator of the Year, selection to Arizona Super Lawyers and a Superb, 10.0 Avvo rating.