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Calculating Child Support Based on a Child's Financial Needs

How do family courts in Arizona calculate the amount of child support that a parent should owe? One of the main factors that the courts consider is the financial needs of a child. And because it's becoming more and more expensive to raise a child, Phoenix family lawyers are seeing child support payments hike up for noncustodial parents.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the cost of raising a child is getting higher; a child born in 2009 will cost the parents an estimated $222,360 until he or she reaches adulthood, based on studies from the U.S Department of Agriculture. This is up less than 1 percent from the cost of raising a child born in 2008. However, the cost of raising a child rose 15 percent from 1960 to 2008 (which includes adjustments for inflation). The increases are largely due to the increasing costs of health care, child care, and education.

So while these high numbers may be depressing to lower income families, the annual study by the Department of Agriculture does help Phoenix family lawyers calculate an appropriate amount for child support payments. FindLaw states that other factors of child support calculation usually include the income of both parents, the child's standard of living before the separation or divorce, and the needs of the parent with custody of the child.

Studies show that the cost of raising a child usually gets less expensive with each child that you have. So paying child support for two children in the same family may be less costly than double the child support for one child. More information about child support calculations can be found through our Related Resource pages.

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