Should You Modify Your Child Support Obligation?


In order to qualify for modification of your child support obligation, Arizona Revised Statute §25-327 requires changed circumstances that are considered both substantial and ongoing. Typically, from a mathematical point of view, a 15% change is generally regarded as satisfying this requirement - whether an increase or a decrease.

Typically, child support may be modified when one or more of the following events occur:

  1. Loss of employment;
  2. Pay raise;
  3. Additional child or children for whom either parent has a legal obligation of support;
  4. Increase or decrease of investment income;
  5. Increase, decrease, or termination of spousal maintenance payments;
  6. Increase or decrease in parenting time;
  7. Increase or decrease, or conclusion of childcare cost;
  8. Increase in health insurance premiums;
  9. Additional source(s) of income; and
  10. Change in age of child or children including emancipation.

Child support modification does not occur automatically. Any modification of child support requires a filing of a petition, service thereof and ultimately, a decision by a judicial officer.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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