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Child Support Attorney Serving Phoenix, AZ

If you are experiencing an issue under your current child support order or are interested in arranging for an initial child support order, Cohen Family Law can offer the assistance you need. It is often difficult to discuss child support matters with an ex-spouse or partner, and many parents are unsure precisely how to calculate a fair and adequate support figure. For these reasons, enlisting the services of a highly-knowledgeable Phoenix family law attorney is your best bet in achieving a positive outcome that will ultimately serve the needs of your child.

Phoenix AZ Child Support Attorneys

Child Support Guidelines in Phoenix, Arizona

Fortunately, child support law is well-settled and predictable, based almost entirely on a formulaic equation created by the Child Support Guidelines Project of the National Center for State Courts and approved by the Arizona Supreme Court. Known as the Income Shares model, Arizona child support is decided based on the adjusted gross income of both parents. The court will also consider the following when calculating child support:

  • Cost of the child’s medical, dental and vision coverage;

  • Childcare costs;

  • Education expenses;

  • Extraordinary needs for a handicapped or disabled child; and

  • Increased expenses for children age twelve and over.

From there, the child support obligation will be apportioned to both parents based on their adjusted gross income and adjusted for costs associated with parenting time. Parenting time adjustments are made by deducting a percentage from the total support obligation congruent with the number of days annually the noncustodial parent spends with the child.

Modification of Child Support Orders

If you already have a child support order in place, you may be curious as to whether the monthly amount may be modified. Whether you are the parent paying the monthly support amount or you are the recipient parent, a modification may be possible if either party experiences a significant change in financial circumstances. In general, the court considers a change to be significant if a new calculation results in a 15% change in the child support amount. Specifically, the following factors may give rise to a modification of child support: 

  • Three or more years have passed since the initial order or last modification;

  • The current order does not contain a directive to obtain medical support and either party now has access to a reasonable health insurance plan;

  • Changes in medical insurance coverage;

  • Emancipation of the child;

  • Reduction of income or loss of job;

  • Changes in daycare or childcare costs;

  • Incarceration of the noncustodial parent; and

  • Either parent is determined to be disabled.

Child Support Attorney Servicing Chandler, Glendale, Mesa, & Phoenix

At Cohen Family Law, we are passionate about domestic matters and devoted to our clients. Whether you would like to set up an enforceable child support order or are in need of a modification, an attorney can assist you in accomplishing your goals. To make an appointment for a consultation, call us today at 602-714-8898.

Cohen Family Law services clients through the Phoenix, Arizona area including Mesa, Glendale, Surprise, Scottsdale, Chandler, and Tempe. 



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