Establishing Parental Support Obligations Using Arizona’s Child Support Guidelines


Each state has adopted guidelines setting automatic rates of child support. The support is based on specific criteria relating to income and the number of children in the household. In this state, child support payments are based on the Arizona Child Support Guidelines, the current version of which became effective on January 1, 2005.

In every child custody case there will a determination of child support. Under our guidelines, support payments are in an amount calculated to meet the reasonable needs of the child for health, education, and maintenance. To learn what is involved in establishing a monthly support amount, we look directly to the guidelines.

What purposes do the child support guidelines serve?

The Arizona Child Support Guidelines serve four fundamental purposes, as follows:

-- They “establish a standard of support for children consistent with reasonable needs of children and the ability of parents to pay.”

-- They “make child support orders consistent for persons in similar circumstances.”

-- They “give parents and courts guidance in establishing child support orders and to promote settlements.”

-- They are designed to “comply with state… and federal law…”

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