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ARIZONA CHILD SUPPORT UPDATE

7September
2010

Periodic reviews of the Arizona Child Support Guidelines are required by law. For those who have been following Arizona’s Child Support Guidelines Review Committee [“Committee”], they previously presented a proposal to the Arizona Judicial Council [“Council”] to move to a new model as the basis for child support.
The Council recently voted to only tentatively approve the proposal and moved that there be further analysis of computations of outcomes of the new method versus more traditional methods. It now appears as though the Counsel, despite all expectations of finality, may be backing off.
The analysis was to be posted in a timely manner, to allow a full review prior to the next meeting of the Council, now set for October 9, 2010. The Committee has been and will be receiving comments both online and at two meetings – one set for this coming Friday [September 10, 2010] at 1:30 at the Supreme Court Building, and one to be held next Friday, [September 17, 2010] at 1 p.m. The opportunity for public comment continues to exist, i.e. “stakeholder input”. The staff to the Committee has compiled public comment and posted it in the aggregate, with the source of comments not identified. For more information you can go to:
http://www.azcourts.gov/cscommittees/ChildSupportGuidelinesReviewCommittee/CSGRCMeetingInformation.aspx
Although support could be reduced in some instances, the overall feedback suggests that the Committee’s recommendations could make Arizona become one of the highest child support states in the nation, with fear that if the proposed guidelines pass there could be an increase in non-compliance. With so many small business owners feeling squeezed from the economy, the number of folks struggling to keep homes, and the number of bankruptcy filings, there is a great deal of concern now with regard to significantly modifying the current child support model.

THE INFORMATION CONTAINED HEREIN IS INTENDED AS GENERAL INFORMATION ONLY. IT IS NOT LEGAL ADVICE, NOR IS IT INTENDED TO BE RELIED UPON AS SUCH, AND IS NOT INTENDED TO ESTABLISH AN ATTORNEY-CLIENT RELATIONSHIP. IF YOU HAVE A LEGAL QUESTION, PLEASE CONSULT WITH AN ATTORNEY OF YOUR CHOOSING.

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