New Child Support Guidelines are in the making and are slated to take effect January 1, 2011. Our State Supreme Court is mandated by Arizona Revised Statutes [§25-320(D)] to establish guidelines for determining the child support amounts and also to review the guidelines at least once every four years to ensure that their application results in the determination of appropriate child support amounts.
The Child Support Guideline Review Committee has been meeting for some time now, and apparently has determined that Arizona is read for a paradigm shift in philosophy regarding how child support is determined.
While it is a federal requirement that each state have some mechanism for determining child support, the formula utilized by each state differs. Some states use a “percentage of income” formula. Arizona has utilized an “income share” model “ which looked at what two parents if living together in one household would have spent on each child. The new guidelines are expected to follow a “child outcome based shares” model recognizing that two parents are supporting two separate households.
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