Child Support Help from a Phoenix Child Support Attorney
A conscientious Phoenix child support attorney will explain that it is critical to your child’s emotional development and security to be removed from divorce conflicts between the as much as possible. One way to accomplish this goal is by ensuring that the child’s material needs are met by the reasonable establishment of child support. When both parents approach this subject with integrity, it can lay the groundwork for future positive co-parenting. Janice M. Palmer has decades of experience representing parents on child support matters, both for the original divorce or paternity and in modifications and enforcement of the orders. Ms. Palmer can explain to you what factors are important to determine the amount of support.
Generally speaking, child support is an obligation that is imposed by law. Janice M. Palmer is experienced in determining what factors a Court will consider to determine what amount of child support should be paid for your children. While the Child support calculator is available for the general public at the Court’s website, there are many times that the information (income, expenses related to medical and child care) are not easily teased out. For example, what is the income of a self employed parent? Is it his/her W-2 income, or something different? In the course of her career, Ms. Palmer has learned how to tease out this hidden income, which helps to determine the true amount of child support to be paid. Arizona law requires the use of the child support calculator, and considers the obligation to pay child support as a primary duty of a parent, as it is a benefit to the child. Therefore, the reasoning is that parents should not be able to bargain away this right through a prenuptial agreement, separation agreement, or other trade made during or after divorce.
Arizona Child Support Guidelines
Phoenix child support lawyer Janice M. Palmer can explain that the Arizona Child Support Guidelines use a specific formula in order to determine the amount of support that a child should receive. The formula takes the parents’ incomes, the number of children who need support, and certain adjustments into consideration. Adjustments include costs necessary for childcare and health care premiums. Parents need not have been married for the Arizona Child Support Guidelines to apply. Child Support is for your child, and ought to be enough for that child to not suffer due to divorce or separation.
You may wonder if you have any ability to agree as to the child support amount. Family courts generally accept agreements or issue orders regarding child support that fall within the guidelines.
Although judges routinely issue orders for child support that are based on the guidelines, under certain circumstances, it is possible to have the Court approve deviations from these guidelines when determining the appropriate amount of support to provide. Additionally, child support may be increased or decreased because there are other children, extraordinary expenses or other matters. As an experienced Phoenix child support attorney, Janice M. Palmer can explain what factors can affect the child support amount, and discuss with you whether your situation falls within those factors.
Legal Assistance from a Phoenix Child Support Attorney
If you would like more information about the Arizona Child Support Guidelines or Arizona laws regarding child support, a Phoenix child support attorney can help. If you have been served for divorce, or modification, or enforcement of a child support amount, contact our Phoenix child support attorney from the Law Offices of Janice M. Palmer, P.C. at (480) 820-4771 or toll-free at (888) 352-7725 for an appointment to discuss your legal rights.