Establishing Parental Support Obligations Using Arizona’s Child Support Guidelines, Part 2

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(Continued from Part 1.)

As discussed in Part 1, child support payments are based on our Arizona Child Support Guidelines. Under those guidelines, support payments are calculated to meet the reasonable needs of the child for health, education, and maintenance.

What is the duration of child support?

The judge will set a termination date in the child support order. Child support is presumed to terminate on the last day of the month of the youngest child’s 18th birthday, that is, the youngest child covered by the support order. If the youngest child won’t graduate from high school before his or her 18th birthday, then support ends the month of anticipated graduation or on the child’s 19th birthday, whichever is first to occur.

Can the parents agree to an amount of child support in their separation agreement?

Parents may include child support provisions in their separation agreement which exceed the legal presumptions under the guidelines. They may agree to continue child support for a longer period, or may agree to increase the amount of support per month. For example, the parents may include additional support payments sufficient to provide for private school, college, travel, or summer camp.

When the parents share custody equally, is child support eliminated?

Because both parents share the responsibility of child support, there will typically be a payment from one to the other. The exception to that would be if...

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