Child Support

The primary factors included in the Arizona Child Support Guidelines formula are:

    • The parents’ gross incomes (or “adjusted” gross income for self-employed individuals).
    • How much time the children spend with each parent
    • Whether the children have any special or extraordinary needs/expenses
    • The cost of child care services
    • The age of the children
    • The cost of the children’s medical insurance
    • Whether alimony/spousal maintenance is being paid

While the Arizona Child Support Guidelines may seem fair or unfair to a paying or receiving spouse, for the most part the domestic relations judges closely follow these guidelines in determining the child support obligations.