In Arizona, child support is not arbitrarily decided upon by the court
system. There is a method that is used that puts the child or children
involved first. This hasn't always been the case, but the Arizona
legislature decided that the method of deciding child support needed to
be centralized and fairly divided between parents, regardless of their
status of having primary custody.
The Arizona child support guidelines provide a clear picture of what is
to be expected of each parent. The child support calculator is used and
can be tricky; you may want to consult a professional at this point, because
there are two versions of the calculator and if you use one and the court
decides on another, it may be a big difference in what you projected to
pay and what you actually end up paying.
The court will want to know if you make more than your ex-spouse because
you will end up paying more toward your
children's upbringing than he or she will. The judge will look at the amount of money that would
have been available to the child before the divorce. This amount will
then be divided proportionately between the two of you based on each of
Your professional will use the Arizona child support worksheet to estimate
for you what you will be paying and the court will use your and your ex-spouse's
pay stubs or w-2. The court will need to know your children's names
and ages along with some pretty detailed information with which a skilled
professional can assist you.
It appears that this exercise is difficult and can be done very differently
depending on the information provided. Your dependence on a professional
cannot be over-stated. He or she will ask the right questions, gather
the correct information and be able to represent you and get you what
you deserve while still putting the children first.
Source: Divorcesupport.com, "Arizona child support guidelines" Nov. 11, 2014