Committee for an Interim Review of the Child Support Guidelines

Arizona Revised Statutes §25-320(D) requires the Supreme Court to establish guidelines for determining the amount of child support and to conduct a quadrennial review of the guidelines to ensure that their application results in the determination of appropriate child support amounts. Recent changes to state law increasing minimum wage and new federal regulations necessitate an interim review of the current Child Support Guidelines prior to the 2019 quadrennial review.

The Child Support Guidelines Review Committee was established by Administrative Order No. 2017-93 on July 26, 2017. The order directs this committee to review the impact a higher minimum wage and new federal regulations have on the Child Support Guidelines and to make recommendations accordingly to the guidelines and, if needed, the Arizona Rules of Family Law.

An integral part of every child support guidelines review is transparency and input. During this interim review, there will be an opportunity for system stakeholder feedback and public comment on the proposed recommendations to address these issues. A public hearing meeting is planned for October 26, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the State Courts Building, 1501 W. Washington, Phoenix, Conference Room 230, to provide another opportunity for the committee to hear from the general public.

Before the October 26, 2017, public hearing meeting, please take the time to review the committee’s Preliminary Report and Recommendations regarding the Arizona Child Support Guidelines, then submit your thoughts on the Public Comment Forum. It is important to remember that the committee will only be able to respond to relevant replies that focus on the committee’s recommendations. The committee plans to provide final recommendations to the Arizona Judicial Council in December 2017.