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Child support refers to payments that one parent must make to another to support a child’s needs. This compensation may be used for basic necessities like food, clothing, and shelter, as well as medical care, educational expenses, transportation, and enrichment. Courts will issue orders determining how much child support a Phoenix parent must pay.

Navigating the child support process can be challenging without an attorney on your side. In these situations, the Law Office of Karen A. Schoenau can help. Our Phoenix child support lawyer will work closely with you to ensure that your child is receiving the resources that he or she needs.

Why Choose Us

  • Our attorney, Karen Schoenau, has over 20 years of experience representing Arizona residents in divorce, child custody, and child support cases.
  • Our firm understands how sensitive child support proceedings can be. We will support you throughout the case process, providing you with the compassion your family needs.
  • We place the child’s best interests at the heart of every decision we make in child support cases. We will fight aggressively to protect your child’s rights and secure the support he or she deserves.

Phoenix Child Support Guidelines

An Arizona court will begin calculating child support by determining how much money the parents would have spent to care for the child if they remained as one family. After calculating this amount, the court will look at each parent’s gross income, the amount of time that each parent spends caring for the child, and other factors relevant to the child’s needs, such as extra medical expenses.

Each parent is required to contribute a proportional amount of their income to support their child. The court will look at many financial sources to determine a parent’s gross income, which may include the following.

  • Wages
  • Retirement accounts
  • Bank accounts
  • Veterans’ benefits
  • Capital gains
  • Prizes and awards
  • Interest on investments
  • Lottery and gambling winnings
  • Insurance payments
  • Pensions and annuities
  • Workers’ compensation benefits

How Long Do You Need to Pay Child Support?

Your divorce decree or Phoenix child support order will outline the length of time that you or your spouse must make child support payments. Typically, child support is enforced until the last day of the month when the last of the following events occur.

  • Your child turns 18 years old.
  • Your child graduates high school.
  • Your child does not graduate high school but turns 19 years old.

Why You Need a Phoenix Child Support Attorney

If you are filing for or are subject to a child support order, you need an attorney’s help. The process can be highly complex, and a Phoenix child support lawyer can help ensure that your rights and your child’s best interests are protected during the process.

At the Law Office of Karen A. Schoenau, we will handle all aspects of your case and prepare you for each stage, gathering financial documents, conducting independent calculations, and presenting your case to the family court. Your attorney can also help you modify an existing order if the terms are unjust. We can also help you enforce payments through the court or the Arizona Department of Child Support Services (DCSS) if your former spouse or partner is delinquent.

Schedule a Consultation Today

If you are trying to hold a former partner accountable for child support, the Law Office of Karen A. Schoenau can help. Message us or call 480-467-3435 to schedule a consultation with a Phoenix child support lawyer and learn more about your legal options.

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