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The experienced lawyers at the Law Office of Karen A. Schoenau, in the Scottsdale and Phoenix areas, have been handling matters of Arizona child support for many years. We focus on helping our clients achieve the best possible results in a wide range of situations, from determining child support in a divorce and paternity action to assisting in the enforcement and modification of existing court orders.

Why Choose Us

  • Our attorney, Karen Schoenau has 20 years of experience representing Scottsdale families in complex child support and custody cases. We leverage our knowledge, skills, and resources to strengthen your case.
  • Our firm prioritizes your child’s best interests during each and every stage of your claim. We will work diligently to achieve the best possible outcome for our family.
  • We understand how complex the legal process can be. Our firm strives to provide honest and direct communication, compassionate representation, and consistent support during the entirety of your case.

The Purpose of Scottsdale Child Support Payments

If you file for divorce while you have children, you will need to make certain decisions. You will need to make custody arrangements, identify visitation schedules, and calculate child support payments. The purpose of child support in Scottsdale is to provide children with the financial resources that he or she would have received if his or her parents were still living together.

Child support can be used to pay for many expenses, including the following.

  • Groceries
  • Rent and mortgage payments
  • School supplies
  • School fees
  • Clothing
  • Medical care
  • Childcare
  • Transportation
  • College expenses
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Entertainment

Understanding the Guidelines

Arizona uses a series of guidelines to help determine the amount of child support to be paid. By law, courts and lawyers are required to use the guidelines in their calculations.

These guidelines take into account the gross monthly income of both parents, other children whom the parents are currently caring for, each parent’s relative time spent with the child, and any extra expenses. These may include the cost of child care or medical and dental insurance for the children.

In some cases, the courts can depart from the guidelines and award another amount either above or below the guideline requirement. These are usually situations involving a parent having a very large income, extraordinary expenses for the children, or the special needs of a child.

Many parents are confused about the amount of Scottsdale child support that may be owed. This is especially true if a departure from the guidelines occurs. At the Law Office of Karen A. Schoenau, we can help you understand how the guidelines may apply to you and your children.

How to Modify a Scottsdale Child Support Order

Financial circumstances often change. If you or your spouse experience a continuous, sustained change in income, you can petition the court to modify your child support order. You will need to prove that your new change in income is at least 15 percent higher or lower than your existing amount in order for the court to modify your payments.

Additionally, if your child experiences a change in custody, you can petition the court to modify payments to match the child’s new living arrangements. Speak to an attorney at the Law Office of Karen A. Schoenau to initiate the modification process.

What Happens if a Parent Doesn’t Pay Child Support?

The Arizona Department of Child Support Services (DCSS) oversees child support enforcement in Scottsdale. The parent must make all required payments on time and in the amount ordered by the court.

If a parent does not pay child support in Scottsdale, he or she is in violation of the court order. In these situations, the other parent can enforce the order by contacting the court or DCSS. There are several methods that these entities can use to recover missing payments.

  • Your former spouse’s paychecks, retirement benefits, unemployment payments, and other forms of income can be garnished through an income withholding order.
  • DCSS can seize bank accounts, property, and other assets if your former spouse fails to pay 12 months or more in child support.
  • If your former spouse is receiving a state tax refund and owes more than $50 in, the DCSS can intercept the refund and direct it to you.
  • The DCSS may suspect your former spouse’s professional license or request the court to suspend his or her driver’s license or recreational license.
  • The DCSS can report your former spouse to a credit bureau if he or she has not paid for more than 180 days.

If your former spouse is failing to make payments, the Law Office of Karen A. Schoenau can help. Our attorney can help you recover the financial support your child needs.

Don’t Just Search the Internet — Talk to an Experienced Divorce Lawyer in Scottsdale, AZ

While there is a nearly unlimited amount of legal information about child support on the Internet, the best way to find out how the law applies in your situation is to talk with an attorney. Talk with attorney Karen Schoenau by contacting us at (480) 209-1918.

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