Determining Child Support in Arizona
Determining child support in Arizona is based upon a worksheet and the worksheet is available online. Basically, you’re plugging in numbers. However, in many cases, it’s not that simple; particularly, when you have someone who is self-employed and pays a lot of expenses in the business which reduces their adjusted gross income.
Also, being self-employed can present problems for parents seeking child support particularly if there’s a parent that receives his/her income from cash whether that parent is a waitress or bartender or owns a business that receives a significant amount of cash. It is very important in this case that an analysis is done to determine the standard of living as far as that spouse is concerned and that may mean subpoenaing various records, perhaps credit card applications and bank statements — looking at what that spouse’s monthly expenses are so that if they claim they’re only making $4-5,000 per month yet a lifestyle analysis determines that they’re making much more. Then it’s very important that you go through that to establish that their income is much higher to increase child support.