One of the most pressing concerns for any Arizona parent is how their divorce will impact their relationship with their kids, as well as their finances. The end of a marriage will certainly bring changes to one’s lifestyle and routine, and if you are the higher-earning or non-custodial parent, you likely expect that you will have to pay child support. The intent of these support payments is to provide the other parent with the resources he or she needs to properly care for the kids.
There are many different factors that go into determining the amount of child support one will have to pay. It may be helpful for you to learn more about these factors as you navigate the financial aspects of your divorce. You have the right to pursue a support order that is reasonable and fair, as well as sustainable for you long-term.
The terms of your child support order
Looking at child support trends across the country may help you understand more about what you can expect to pay each month. The specific amount a parent will have to pay should be based on his or her income, the needs of the kids and other details that are specific to your individual situation. Consider these factors about child support statistics:
- Around 12% of all single parents have an informal child support agreement established with the other parent.
- Supporting parents owed around $500 per month, a total that amounted to approximately $5,700 each year.
- Over half of all custodial parents received non-monetary types of support from the other parent, such as clothes and other supplies.
- More custodial single mothers were awarded child support than single custodial fathers.
Each child support order is different. While two parents have the right to negotiate terms in an out-of-court settlement, a family court may also determine the terms of a support order if the parents are unable to each a fair agreement.
Parental rights and financial interests
You have the right to seek a child support order that fairly represents your financial capabilities. It may also help to remember that your ability to pay child support has no bearing on your rightful access to your children and your ability to maintain an active role in their lives. If you have concerns about how much child support you may have to pay and how you can pursue a fair final order, you may benefit from seeking an understanding of your legal rights and options.