What Are Your Questions About Child Support?
If you have children but you are not married to your co-parent, you probably have many questions about child support. Arizona’s child support laws are very complex and are not always easy to navigate on your own.
At McWhorter Law Firm, our team has helped numerous clients reach positive solutions for child support issues. On this page, we have compiled a list of several of the questions that we hear most often from our clients. We hope that this provides some clarity during your research.
What is child support meant for?
Child support is meant to be paid for the basic needs of a child, including food, shelter and medical care. It can also cover entertainment and extracurricular activities – for example, toys or fees for sports teams.
How does Arizona determine child support?
Family courts carefully evaluate each parent’s financial situation, plus the needs of the child. Judges consider factors such as:
- The income of each parent
- The assets of each parent
- The earning capacity of each parent
- The custody and parenting time arrangement
- The child’s financial needs
Although the state tries to keep child support decisions consistent, it also takes your unique circumstances into consideration.
What are the consequences of not paying child support?
The state takes child support very seriously. In most cases, failure to pay child support results in the court garnishing the nonpaying parent’s wages. In extreme instances, the court may hold the parent in contempt of court and may even order jail time.
What is paternity? Why do I need to establish paternity?
Paternity is the process of determining the legal father of a child. Though the state automatically assumed that the child’s birth mother is the legal mother, it does not automatically consider the mother’s partner the biological father. If you wish to receive child support payments or enforce your rights to custody and visitation, you must establish legal paternity.
Do I need an attorney for child support issues?
Many parents choose to tackle child support problems on their own. While you can often achieve the results that you need without the help of a lawyer, you can save immense time, stress and money in the long-run by having a legal advocate. Attorneys understand the administrative process in-depth and know how to get the best results as quickly as possible. They can also assist you with other important family law problems.
Ask Us More Questions In Person
If you have more questions about child support, please feel welcome to contact us for an initial consultation. We will sit down with you to talk about your questions and concerns. Schedule an initial consultation by calling 480-246-8074 or using our online contact form.