Category Archives: Child Support
What Are the Grounds for Modifying Child Support?
When child support orders are issued by a court, the terms of payment cannot be changed without court involvement. A parent can ask the court to modify a child support order only by demonstrating that a “substantial and continuing change” has occurred related to the parents’ respective incomes, child-rearing costs, parenting time or family situations. […]
How is Arizona Child Support Adjusted for Parenting Time?
After a divorce, each parent’s obligation to support their children continues. Generally, child support is paid to the parent with whom the child lives, but if parenting time is shared, payments are calculated with that in mind. In Arizona, child support payments are apportioned based on — among other factors — how much time each […]
How Does Loss of Income Due to COVID-19 Affect Your Child Support Obligation?
The COVID-19 pandemic has ravaged the economy since its outbreak in early 2020. Even if you’re not one of the 20 million Americans who have lost their jobs, you may have seen your wages or other income reduced. If so, this could impact your ability to meet your child support obligation. The question is, do […]
How Child Support is Enforced in Arizona
A parent who is subject to a child support order must make payments on time and in full until the obligation ends. In Arizona, that end point is usually when the child reaches 19 years of age. If the obligated parent fails to make support payments, the parent entitled to receive the payments on behalf […]
Obtaining Child Support from an Unemployed or Underemployed Spouse
When a couple with children gets divorced, their personal finances are crucial to determining how much child support should be paid. Typically, the calculation of child support is relatively straightforward. The judge analyzes each parent’s income and assets, applies the Arizona child support guidelines and enters an order specifying the amount the noncustodial parent should […]
What Happens to Support Arrears Once Your Kids Are Grown?
It’s well known that child support obligations generally come to an end once the child is no longer a minor. However, child support arrears may have a much longer lifespan. Child support, or maintenance, is determined according to Arizona Child Support Guidelines, which are based on a child’s age at the time the child support […]
What Happens to a Parent Who Fails to Pay Child Support?
Not making child support payments can result in harsh consequences, including fines and, in certain cases, prison time. Whether you forgot to pay or are unable to pay due to a financial hardship, the penalties are often the same. The longer you wait, the more arrears accrue and the harsher the punishment. In the worst […]
Your Child Support Payer Is in Arrears: Now What?
If you are a divorced parent receiving child support, you have factored the payments into your budget and rely on them every month. But now your child’s other parent has stopped paying. What recourse do you have to get the funds owed to you? In Arizona, child support payments generally go through the Support Payment […]
Can I Withhold Parenting Time If My Spouse Fails To Make Child Support Payments?
Failing to pay court-ordered child support is illegal under Arizona law. However, withholding court-ordered parenting time is also illegal. If your spouse succumbs to financial challenges that make continued child support payments impossible, they need to obtain a modification from the courts. Similarly, if your spouse stops making the payments, you need to take legal […]
By Clark & Schloss Family Law, P.C. | Published March 29, 2016 | Posted in Child Support | Tagged child support payments, parenting time, visitation | Leave a comment | Comments Off on Can I Withhold Parenting Time If My Spouse Fails To Make Child Support Payments?