Understanding the New Child Support Guidelines in Arizona 2018

On April 1, 2018, a new set of guidelines went into affect in Arizona regarding child support. As a result, the Child Support Calculator that is used statewide has received an update and the following revisions have been made:

No longer will the terms “father” and “mother” be used in the guidelines or in a child support order. These terms are now replaced with non-gender specific terminology, like “Petitioner” and “Respondent.”

There has also been an increase in the self-support reserve amount, which went from $1,115 to $1,456; this change stays in effect from April 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018.

Also, now the final support obligation will round up or down automatically; this is pursuant to Section 14, which outlines guidelines for determining the child support order.

Furthermore, all child support-related forms that are in PDF format have been updated as well as the Parent’s Worksheet for Child Support Amount.

Lastly, the Income Withholding Order has been replaced with a new version.

If you have a current child support order against you and you would like to know how the new changes are going to affect you, please contact a lawyer. Depending on your circumstances, a change in the order to either increase your decrease your obligation may be necessary.

In the event that you believe you are paying too much for child support, even if the Arizona Child Support Calculator says you must pay a certain amount, a professional attorney can help present your case to a judge to see if the amount can be lowered. By presenting mitigating reasons as to why you should have the amount lowered, it is possible to secure an obligation amount that is more realistic and comfortable for you to pay.

If you would like to pursue child support for one or more of your children, it is important that you contact a lawyer who is familiar with these new guidelines. Having a professional lawyer in your corner who understands the new guidelines is a sure way to make sure you get all child support owed to you as well as any back child support.

Contact Us Today

If you would like to learn more about the new child support guidelines, please contact The Sampair Group today. We are ready to answer all of your child support questions, and in the event you have a child support case, we want to make sure you are being treated fairly regardless if you’re the one paying support or receiving it.

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