Arizona Child & Spousal Support Attorney

We help protect child support payments to benefit children of divorce.

The Law Office of Donna H. Hougen, PC in Mesa focuses our legal efforts on the economics of divorce and we do our best to make sure everyone has a sound financial future. Child support is mandated by the state of Arizona and is a benefit for children of divorce. Donna Hougen can help ensure that you and your children are treated fairly; we will help you find non-adversarial ways such as mediation, collaboration and arbitration to address any child support issues. Using these methods puts you and your former spouse in a better position to continue your lives amicably after your separation and divorce.

What Factors Determine Child Support in Arizona?

We can help you understand how child support is calculated and your options, and then guide you through the process. Arizona has a set of guidelines that the family courts use to determine the amount of child support. Factors used to determine the appropriate level of child support include:

  • Income of Both Spouses
  • Expenses of Both Spouses
  • Number of Children
  • Costs of Child Care
  • Costs for Child's Healthcare
  • Special Needs Costs
  • Parenting Time and Visitation

Litigation, Enforcement and Modification

When necessary, we can litigate your support issues no matter how complex your case. We also guide you through the proper legal procedures to modify your child support payments to accommodate any changing financial circumstances. If your former spouse fails to abide by existing legal obligations for your children's financial support, we can induce the enforcement of your child support order.

Spousal Maintenance or Alimony

Arizona uses the term spousal maintenance for spousal support or alimony. At the Law Office of Donna M. Hougen, we help you understand Arizona family law and how it applies in determining spousal maintenance, and we guide you through the process.

There are many factors used to determine who is eligible and for how long and how much. We know how to work within the system and our goal is for our clients to wind up with a fair spousal support agreement even in the most complex cases - whether you are the spouse who requires support or the spouse who faces the possibility of providing it. We also help a parent in financial need find ways to have a more secure future and come out of the divorce in the best possible position.

If divorcing spouses cannot agree in writing to the amount and frequency of spousal maintenance, then the Arizona family court has the authority to award spousal maintenance in an amount and for periods of time that it believes is fair. We don't want this to happen to you. We are skilled mediators who can help you reach an agreement in a non-confrontational way.

Helping You Achieve Fair and Workable Child and Spousal Support Outcomes

When you need assistance with your child or spousal support matter, call the Law Office of Donna M. Hougen at (480) 535-8422 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation.