How does child support work?

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Parents who establish a custody order for the first time often wonder how child support works. The State of Arizona
created a child support formula that applies to all custody orders in the state. The formula takes the circumstances of the case into account to calculate what parent should pay support and how much they should pay. Usually, child support lasts until a child turns 18 or graduates from high school, whichever comes later. Child support always ends at age 19, even if a child is still in high school.

The child support formula considers the income of the parties and the amount of time that the child spends with each parent. This isn’t always as simple as it sounds, so it’s important to work with a Scottsdale family attorney on your case. At the law office of Attorney Hope E. Fruchtman, we help deserving clients examine their child support case so that their order correctly reflects the true situation. It’s not always easy to know what counts and what doesn’t count for purposes of calculating child support. Parents are also not always honest about their income, but a skilled and experienced Arizona divorce attorney can demand information from the other parent and conduct an investigation to help the court arrive at the true income of the parties.

In addition to income, a child support order also takes health care into account. If one parent provides health insurance for the child, the other parent pays for part of the child’s share of the premiums. Childcare expenses and childcare tax credits are also accounted for in the child support calculation.

The courts can take special circumstances into account. If a child attends a private school, the court can add child support payments for a share of the tuition. Where a child has special needs or extraordinary talents, the court can take related expenses into account, too.

Child support is a mathematical formula, but it isn’t always that simple. Honest mistakes and hidden incomes can result in an incorrect child support calculation. Working with an experienced attorney can help you avoid errors that result in an incorrect calculation of support.