If you have questions about CHILD SUPPORT or SPOUSAL MAINTENANCE, or if you would like to discuss your domestic situation with an experienced family law attorney, please contact attorney, Barbara L. Fuqua, today.
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Barbara L Fuqua of Fuqua Law Firm P.C., is licensed in Arizona only.
At Fuqua Law Firm, P.C., we fight to ensure our clients receive the highest level of family support to which they are legally entitled.
Child support is calculated using several factors that are outlined in Arizona Revised Statutes Section 25-320. The amount of support ordered depends on each parent’s gross income, childcare costs, medical and dental insurance for the children, day care or school costs, the children’s ages, whether the children have special needs, and other factors described in the Arizona Child Support Guidelines.
The Supreme Court Child Support web page provides a child support calculator and additional general information.
Spousal maintenance is sometimes referred to as “alimony.” Whether a party is entitled to an award of spousal maintenance depends on whether certain factors are met. These factors are outlined in Arizona Revised Statutes, Section 25-319. The Court must first evaluate the factors in Part A of the statute to determine whether a person is entitled to an award of spousal maintenance. If the Court determines that a party is entitled to such an award, the Court then needs to evaluate the factors outlined in Part B of the statute to determine the amount and duration of the spousal maintenance award.
In determining an award of spousal maintenance, the Court evaluates the amount of remaining reasonable needs of spouse who is requesting spousal maintenance after that spouse's own contribution to his or her reasonable needs. The Court then looks to what remaining income the paying spouse has after meeting that spouse's own reasonable needs to determine what that spouse can contribute to the requesting spouse's needs. There is no formula to determine the amount and duration of a spousal maintenance award. It is a gray area that is up to each individual judge.