Family Law

Child & Spousal Support

Child Support

Arizona law requires custodial and non-custodial parents to provide “reasonable support” for their minor children. A.R.S. § 25-501(A). Child support in Arizona is determined by application of the Arizona Child Support Guidelines. The child support obligation is divided between the parents in proportion to their respective income. The attorneys at DBSH Law can assist you in determining your rights and responsibilities where child support is concerned, collecting past support, or pursuing deviations from the Guidelines in exceptional cases.

Spousal Support

Spousal support (formerly known as alimony) is gender neutral and often becomes a disputed legal issue during a divorce. Our laws provide factors the court must consider to determine if a spouse qualifies for spousal support, and factors the court must consider in determining the amount and duration of spousal support if any. Even after long marriages, courts tend to look at spousal maintenance as rehabilitative support (i.e., to allow a lesser earning spouse to find a job or obtain training and education to improve employment prospects). The attorneys at DBSH Law can assist you in determining your rights and responsibilities where spousal support is concerned.