Usually, the court will award child support to the residential parent, which is the person with whom children spend the majority of their time.
The exception arises when each parent hosts the children half the time, yet one parent earns significantly less than the other. In such a case, the lesser earner generally receives child support, although in a reduced amount. As well, child support awards are usually reduced when the non-residential parent has the children more of the time.
Although it may be the most equitable system for awarding child support, this type of formula may lead one or both parents to attempt to “game” the system in order to either receive more money, or else pay less money in child support. Courts look unfavorably upon such abuses.
Above all, the welfare of the children is always the most important consideration in any divorce or separation.
Beyond the amount of time the children spend with each parent, other factors used to determine child support include the income of the parents, the cost of the children’s health insurance, and the cost of child care or any unusual educational expenses.
Here in Arizona, the payment of a court-ordered child support obligation is made by wage assignment (or garnishment) of the parent’s wages. Child support obligations continue until the children reach 19 years of age or graduate from high school, whichever happens first.
Child support is an important issue with long-term implications for the entire family. The family attorneys at Copperstone P.C. can resolve complex issues regarding child support and divorce.
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