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Child support: What parents need to know

Children not only require emotional, psychological and physical support, they also require financial support. When parents split, one parent may be required to make child support payments to the custodial parent in order to meet the financial needs of the children. This process can be very confusing. Here are a few things Arizona parents need to know about child support.

Child support is basically a monetary payment that the noncustodial parent makes to the primary caretaker of the children. The parent who makes the payment is known as the obligor, while the parent who receives the payment is known as the obligee. However, the conditions and the amount to be paid are determined by state law and can vary greatly from state to state. 

Although the process varies by state, child support is usually determined by a few common factors. Most of the time, these factors are the child's needs, the number of children, the cost of living for the custodial parent and the income of the noncustodial parent. For parents who have joint custody, child support may not be ordered if both parents spend an equal amount of time with the children. However, if one parent spends more time with the children, child support can be ordered in a joint custody arrangement.

These days, children require the financial support of both parents. However, when parents split, families often go through financial hardships. Child support was established so that children can have their needs met. Without a doubt, the laws surrounding child support can be confusing. Those in Arizona who have questions regarding child support could gain clarity by consulting a knowledgeable and experienced family law attorney. 

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