There are very specific child support guidelines in the state of Arizona that courts follow when determining the amount of child support that the supporting parent will pay. With the change of demographics in the workforce the trends and statistics surrounding those numbers are changing.
Who is the primary care giver?
In a society where roughly 50 percent of marriages end in divorce many parents face the reality of a child custody arrangement. The difference now from many years ago, however, is that around 70% of mothers have joined the workforce either in addition to or in replacement of their partners. Either children are in daycare or the partner is the primary care giver. With mothers no longer automatically being the primary care giver, the courts have been trending toward granting custody 50/50 to the parents.
Equal Time doesn’t always mean Equal Pay
50/50 custody does not always mean equality in the amount of child support expected of each parent. In addition to evaluating the amount of time each parent spends with their children, the courts look at the gross income of each parent among other factors to determine how much the supporting parent will have to pay. Sometimes if the mother is the primary earner in the family and both parents split custody 50/50, the mother will pay the father child support.
The main thing that the courts care about is the welfare of the child/children and both parents are obligated to provide for them within their ability to do so. The care of the children is first and foremost above any other debt obligation in the court’s eyes.
Change in plans
Child support is not forever set in stone. If circumstances change and the income situation of either parent changes for the better or worse, either party can submit a child support modification to maintain an equal and fair share of the responsibility of caring for the children.
In the case that the supporting parent does not meet his or her obligation to provide the support the court has ordered, there are also ways to encourage them to stay current such as interest, fines, income withholding, garnishing tax returns etc.
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