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Child Support & Family Law Information

The Arizona Child Support Guidelines are used to calculate the support amount and follow the Income Shares Model. The model was developed by the Child Support Guidelines Project of the National Center for State Courts. Both parents' incomes are used to calculate the amount of child support that one parent will pay to the other household to financially support the children.

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. Deadline for public comments is November 1, 2017. The committee plans to provide final recommendations to the Arizona Judicial Council in December 2017.



 

The Child Support Calculator is an interactive program that will calculate a child support amount based on the Arizona Child Support Guidelines that are in effect at the time the action is filed. The parties may agree to use either the guidelines in effect at the time of filing the action or those in effect at the time the order is entered.

  The Arizona Child Support Guidelines are used to calculate the support amount and follow the Income Shares Model. The model was developed by the Child Support Guidelines Project of the National Center for State Courts. Both parents' incomes are used to calculate the amount of child support that one parent will pay to the other household to financially support the children.
  State and federal laws require states to review their child support guidelines every four years. Reviewing the guidelines involves a third-party expert to analyze the randomly selected case files and to update the schedule that is the backbone of the support calculator. Arizona has completed the initial steps of the mandatory review. The expert’s analysis and review has resulted in the development of two reports:
  Parent education information for new divorcing parents of minor children and unmarried parents with custody access disputes.
  *Effective July 24, 2014, the statutory authorities enabling these legislative committees have been repealed pursuant to HB2437, signed by the Governor on April 24, 2014. Although these committees are no longer scheduled to meet, prior agendas and meeting materials may still be accessed.