While you are allowed to end a relationship with your child’s other parent, it doesn’t absolve you of your obligation to care for your son or daughter. There is a good chance that you will be subject to a child support order created by an Arizona judge after a divorce or separation. This may be true even if you share custody with your child’s other parent. However, it may be possible to modify the terms of this order at some point in the future.
Did your income change?
If your income goes down because of a job loss, furlough or any other reason, you may be able to ask for a reduction in your child support payments. This reduction may be temporary if you suspect that you’ll be able to make up that lost income at some point in the next several months. In the event that your earnings increase, a judge may allow your spouse to seek higher child support payments.
When did the existing order go into effect?
A child support order may be eligible for a modification if it hasn’t been reviewed in the previous two years. Even if you don’t think that your circumstances have significantly changed over the past 24 months, it may still be a good idea to seek a review of an existing order.
A family law attorney may be able to provide insight into what a judge will likely consider when determining if an order is outdated and should be changed. As a general rule, children become more expensive to raise as they get older. This is because older children are more likely to need braces, a tutor or expensive sports equipment.
If you have any questions about a child support agreement, it may be a good idea to consult with an attorney. He or she may be able to help you modify its terms so that you can best meet your children’s needs. Legal counsel may also be able to help you obtain a child support order if you don’t currently have one.