Your children's lives are too valuable to have negativity in it.
Spending quality time with children and maintaining proper family values are extremely important for child development and for creating strong family bonds. Studies have shown, and the law supports, that children are more likely to succeed when they have plentiful involvement from both parents. A parenting plan can help properly structure the time parents spend with their children and provide a framework as to how their children are to be raised.
Child Support in Arizona is a formulated calculation of the financial responsibilities of each parent for the support of their children. Each parent has the duty to support his or her children regardless of the family’s circumstances. Many parents in divorce proceedings have tried to place unreasonable financial responsibilities on the other parent or orchestrate unworkable custody and visitation plans only to find themselves back in court at a later time to make adjustments which are truly realistic.
In Arizona there must be a substantial and continuous change in one of the parents’, or the child’s, circumstances for the court to consider a modification to an existing parenting plan or support arrangement. There are many changes in life circumstances which may be considered substantial and ongoing, however, a simple dissatisfaction with an existing arrangement does not meet the standard.
Every parent has equal rights, in most cases opposing otherwise is ineffective.
TOP 4 ISSUES OF INEFFICIENT RESULTS
Talking with the other parent before you know your rights.
Receiving erroneous advice.
Leveraging it all.
Litigating opinions not law supported by facts.
TOP 3 EFFECTIVE RESOURCES
Arizona’s Guide for Parents Living Apart.
Cooperative Parenting Program Classes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I find Arizona Guide for Parents Living Apart?
You can find it here.
How is child support calculated?
This is a formula based calculation and you can find the current Arizona Child Support Calculator here.
Do I need an attorney for my custody case?
If you can reach agreements with the other parent, no, but we would recommend having a license attorney complete the orders and agreements to make sure nothing is missed or comes back to be an issue later.
If you cannot reach an agreement you may need attorney to advise you and potentially represent you before the court. You can represent yourself, however, we do recommend having an attorney give you a legal opinion on any issues that you may need to argue before the court at minimum.
What if the other parent has a new significant other?
In Arizona the court shall determine legal decision-making and parenting time in accordance with the best interest of the child. Under A.R.S. 25-403(A)(2) the interaction and interrelationship of any other person who may significantly affect the child's best interest is considered by the court. Including but not limited to A.R.S. 25-403(A)(5) “the mental and physical health of all individuals involved.”
What if there has been domestic violence?
First it is important to get help, we recommend The National Domestic Violence Hotline to learn more and possible resources to help you. Domestic violence is considered heavily by the court of both parents see A.R.S. 25-403.03.
Military family visitation and support?
Military families have a unique set of circumstances that are considered by the court when evaluating parenting time and support and such should be reviewed by attorney for guidance. Unless you are actively deployed state laws apply. Most of the common issues with military families are lack of deployment clauses in a parenting plan; military support orders vs. state orders; and erroneous housing benefit calculations in support orders.
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