Child Support Lawyers in Phoenix, Arizona

It is important for children to remain in a secure living environment despite their parents’ divorce, and to be afforded the necessities of living, stability in their education and extracurricular activities, and child care services that are age- appropriate when parents need them.  Consultation with experienced Phoenix child support attorneys at Schneider & Onofry, P.C. can reduce family stress by addressing the financial needs of divorcing parties as it pertains to physical and financial support of their children. Financial stability is paramount to the emotional health and well-being of parents who are required to maintain physical care of dependent children, and it is imperative that non-custodial parents maintain timely and complete payments of child support to the custodial parent.  Child support lawyers in Phoenix AZ will utilize state guidance to resolve funding disputes.

What is child support in Phoenix AZ?

The State of Arizona recognizes child support as an ongoing payment made by a parent for the financial support of their child.  Child support issues are at the root of many heated disputes between parents, and an experienced child support lawyer can help diffuse such encounters.  Child support can impact families in negative ways if it is not calculated correctly, or if the responsible party does not pay on time, in the court-mandated, or agreed-upon dollar amount.

How do I establish a child support order in Phoenix Arizona?

Establishing child support in Arizona can be streamlined with the professional services of an experienced Phoenix child support attorney who can help to locate a non-custodial parent when necessary, establish genetic testing, establish a child support order, and enforce the collection of payments.  Child support orders are recognized when one parent files a court petition for child support.  Experienced child support attorneys in Phoenix can explain this process and the outcomes that may present themselves.

What is paternity, and why is child support important?

Establishing paternity of a child provides rights to the father and the child.  The father receives legal rights to his child, and the child receives the right to financial support from the father.  Sometimes paternity is contested and the court can order that testing can be done to establish paternity. It is best to have the professional support of the law firm of Schneider & Onofry, P.C. when establishing paternity to make certain that the custodial parent’s rights are not negatively impacted, and financial support of a child is achievable.  Arizona courts have a vested interest in encouraging a child’s relationship with both parents and realize that child support and visitation are separate legal issues that will need to be addressed.

How is child support in Phoenix Arizona determined?

The calculation of child support is affected by the income of each parent, the amount of time each has the child, which parent pays for the medical and dental insurance for the child, and the cost of daycare. Child support attorneys in Phoenix AZ at Schneider & Onofry can educate parents on their responsibilities, take proper steps to make changes to child support when it is necessary, and also address the legal implications of not paying child support that has been ordered by a Phoenix Arizona Family Court. 

How long are parents required to pay child support in Arizona.

Child support is the amount of funding that is required to maintain a healthy standard of living for minor children until they reach the age of majority at eighteen and have graduated from high school.  In special circumstances support will continue past 18 years of age and will be outlined in a child support agreement, perhaps to cover college education costs, or medical and social services required for a special needs child.

Can I adjust my child support payments?

Parents of children who are receiving child support who have a change in status regarding their employment, a disability, changes to health insurance, or changes to income can make a child support modification with the assistance of legal counsel in Phoenix.  Either parent can request a modification of child support at any time when their income changes.

What happens if my child support payments are in arrears?

If a parent falls behind on their child support obligation in Arizona, or just stops paying by choice, the Department of Economic Security can make attempts to collect funds by garnishing wages, seizing financial accounts, creating formal property liens and intercepting tax refunds.

Child Support Litigation in Phoenix Arizona.

Experienced Phoenix child support attorneys at the Law Firm of Schneider & Onofry, P.C. will guide individuals through the process of filing a Child Support Order, and calculating the amount of child support required from each parent to provide a stable foundation for a child’s life.


Arizona Statutes – Title 12 – Chapters: 401 and Title 25 – Chapters: 312, 329

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