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What does a typical child support guideline look like?

Each stateís child support guidelines differ in detail, but a typical set of guideline principles may read as follows:

Either parent may be ordered to pay child support, without regard to marital misconduct, based on the following factors: (1) the financial resources of the child; (2) the standard of living the child would have enjoyed had the marriage not dissolved; (3) the physical, emotional, and educational needs of the child; (4) the financial resources and obligations of both parents; (5) any destruction, concealment, fraudulent disposition, or excessive expenditure of jointly-held property; and (6) the duration of child visitation and any related expenses. Awards of child support are to be paid through the court unless the spouses agree otherwise. In addition, there are specific Arizona Supreme Court guidelines for child support payments available from the Clerk of any Superior Court. The amount of support established by using the official guidelines will be the required amount of child support, unless the court finds such an amount would be inappropriate or unjust. Every child support order must assign one or both of the parentís responsibility for providing medical insurance coverage for the child and for payment of any medical expenses not covered by insurance. Unless there is contrary evidence presented in court, the court will assume that the non-custodial parent is capable of full-time work at the Federal minimum wage (unless the parent is under 18 years of age and attending high-school).

Arizona Revised Statutes Annotated; Title 25, Chapter 320.