Child support, legal decision-making and parenting time are separate terms
with separate definitions. But they all go hand in hand with one another.
In fact, you could say that they form a chain of command.
Legal Decision Making:
the legal right/responsibility to make legal decision for a child regarding
education, personal care, religion, and health care (non-emergency). In
accordance with Section 25-403.01, the court can award sole legal decision-making
or joint legal decision-making.
the scheduled time during which each of the child’s parents has access
to the child. Parents are responsible for providing food, clothing and
shelter during their scheduled parenting time. Parents are also responsible
for “routine decisions” during their parenting time in regards
to the care of the child. In accordance with Section 25-403, the court
can determine legal decision-making and parenting time (on petition or
modification), according to the best interests of the child and after
considering all the factors that are relevant to the physical and emotional
well being of the child at hand.
court ordered, ongoing, periodic payment typically made by a non-custodial,
divorced parent to cover the financial support of their minor child or
children. In accordance with Section 25-320 and federal law, monthly figures
are used to calculate the amount of the child support obligation.
In cases where joint legal decision-making is awarded to divorcing parents,
there may still be a need for child support depending upon other information
in the case. It is important that parents considering divorce not dismiss
the potential ordering of child support payments even if they are in agreement
that they will share legal decision-making. Many factors are taken into
consideration when determining an order of child support.
Factors Considered When Determining Child Support:
If you have additional questions regarding how child support is calculated
in cases of joint legal decision-making, please get in touch with one of the
experienced divorce lawyers at Arizona Family Law Attorneys today. We can help you with your concerns
regarding divorce in Arizona.
- Type of legal decision making and parenting time agreement.
- Gross annual income for both co-parents.
- Number of children living in the home.
- Age of the children living in the home.
- Basic living expenses.
- Education expenses.
- Whether or not there are special needs to consider.