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As children grow, they need food, shelter, clothing, medical care, education, and enrichment to live happy and healthy lives. Parents have a legal duty to provide for their children—and in many cases, Arizona courts issue child support orders so that a child can receive the care he or she needs.

If you are seeking or subject to a child support order in Gilbert, the Law Office of Karen A. Schoenau can help. Our attorney guides you through the case process and ensure that the court’s assessment of your child’s needs is fair.

Why Choose Us

  • We have over 20 years of family law experience. Our firm will leverage our skills, resources, and knowledge to provide you with the representation you deserve.
  • Our firm prioritizes children’s best interests when devising our case strategy. We will fight aggressively to protect you and your child throughout the child support process.
  • Our attorney, Karen Schoenau, has won multiple awards recognizing her dedication to clients, including the 2019 Maricopa County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers’ Program Attorney of the Year.

How Arizona Courts Calculate Child Support

Every state has a set of guidelines to determine child support payments. In Arizona, courts base child support in Gilbert on the amount of money that the parents would have used to care for the child if they continued to live together as one family. Generally, the non-custodial parent, or the parent who does not have primary custody of the child, pays child support to the custodial parent.

Using this estimated amount, the courts will then consider the following factors when creating a child support order in Gilbert.

  • The amount of time each parent spends with the child within a year
  • The gross income of each parent, which may include wages, investment interest, bank and retirement accounts, veterans’ benefits, pensions, annuities, and any other source of income
  • Any other factors relevant to the child’s care, such as the cost of specialized medical care, educational costs, insurance, and daycare services

Keep in mind that each parent is required to pay a proportionate share of his or her income to support the child. The court’s order may deviate from these guidelines if it believes that it would be inappropriate or unjust. A Gilbert child support lawyer can help you navigate this process and ensure that the court’s assessment is fair.

What to Do If Your Former Spouse Fails to Pay Child Support in Gilbert

If a court orders a parent to pay child support, he or she must comply with that order by making payments on time, in the correct amount. If your former spouse or partner fails to pay child support in Gilbert, he or she can face severe consequences. You can contact the court or the Arizona Department of Child Support Services (DCSS) to help recover the compensation your child deserves.

The DCSS can take any of the following actions to encourage a delinquent parent to pay child support.

  • Income withholding orders, which garnish money directly from the parent’s paychecks or benefits payments
  • Seizing the parent’s assets, such as bank accounts or property, if he or she has not paid child support in 12 months or more
  • Placing liens on the parent’s property, such as his or her house or car, so that he or she cannot sell the property unless the child support is paid

Schedule a Consultation Today

Navigating a child support case can be a challenge without an attorney on your side. In these situations, the Law Office of Karen A. Schoenau can fight for your child’s best interests. Message or call us at 480-467-3435 to schedule your consultation with a Gilbert child support lawyer.

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