Arizona Child Support Calculator
Child support is a payment that the noncustodial party pays to the custodial party of a child. This is done so that the parent with whom the child resides physically with is not solely responsible for all the obligations when taking care of the child.
The state has a specific way in which it calculates child support, and, in this post, we will explore all the factors that are considered when establishing a child support amount.
Determination of Gross Income
Gross income is considered income from any source and may include:
- Severance income
- Trust income
- Capital gains
- Social security benefits
- Recurring gifts or prizes
- Spousal maintenance
Gross income will be adjusted to consider seasonal work or fluctuating income sources. In most cases, additional hours worked will not be computed higher than a 40-hour workweek unless it is found to be a regular occurrence and will continue to be for an extended period.
Gross income does not include other child support amounts received or public assistance programs.
If a parent is unemployed or underemployed without reasonable explanation, they will be factored at the amount of minimum wage.
The spouse of the parent obligated to pay support will not be factored into the equation.
Adjusting Gross Income
The following will be deducted from the gross income amount of the obligated parent:
- Spousal payments being made
- Court-ordered child support from another relationship that is being paid. This does not include arrearage amounts.
- An amount for any children residing with the obligatory parent in their home
- Any payments made to the parent of a child from a previous relationship that is not court-ordered will be considered within reason
How to Figure Out the Basic Child Support Obligation
Medical-Depending on who is obligated to have insurance on the child, the amount for the child’s insurance could either be added to the obligated child support amount if the custodial party provides the insurance, or the amount could be deducted from the amount if the noncustodial party carries it.
Both parents will have a percentage assigned to them by the judge for the remaining amount of medical bills and what each parent is required to pay on it.
Increased Basic Child Support Obligation
Child support may be increased for any of the following reasons:
- Childcare costs
- Education expenses
- Extraordinary child
- Older Child Adjustments
Determining Proportionate Share of Child Support Obligation
The child support obligation (what it takes to care for the child) will be divided between the parents. This is done via equation. To provide an example:
The combined adjusted gross income is equal to $3750. The adjusted gross income of the noncustodial party is $2375. Divide the noncustodial party’s adjusted gross income by the combined adjusted gross income to get a percentage. In this example that would be 63%. This means that the noncustodial party is obligated to pay 63% of the child support obligation and the custodial is responsible for 37%.
This can be adjusted based on the amount of parenting time the noncustodial party is spending with the child which has percentage adjustments based on the number of days with the child.
The best way to make sure that you are doing things correctly when it comes to child support obligations is to go through a lawyer or use the online calculator provided by the state of Arizona to figure out your obligation. Most courts require the calculations to be done regardless of the circumstances to make sure that both parents are treated fairly.
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