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In Arizona, visitation is referred to as parenting time. When a child support order is established, takes into account parenting time provided by the non-custodial parent. Arizona allows for a financial adjustment to the non-custodial parent’s child support obligation based on the number of parenting time days he or she provides.

Understanding the Impact of Parenting Time on Child Support Obligations

Under Arizona law, 24 parenting time hours count as one day. If there is time remaining in that block of time or the block of time is less than 24 hours, then the following guidelines apply:

  • 12 hours or more = 1 day
  • 6-11 hours = 1/2 day
  • 3-5 hours = 1/4 day
  • Less than 3 hours can count as 1 day provided the parent pays for routine expenses such as meals during that time

Skillful Representation for Complex Parenting Time Issues

At Lasiter & Jackson, our Phoenix visitation rights lawyers can help you make sense of the sometimes complicated child support adjustment tables. We understand the percentage adjustments that go with a specific number of parenting time days and how to calculate them. Regardless of whether you are the custodial parent or the non-custodial parent, you can rely on us to seek the best possible outcome for you.

We also represent clients in cases involving disputes over equal time sharing. Sometimes equal time sharing results in sero child support being ordered. However, if there is a disparity in incomes, or other adjustments exist in the calculation, equal time sharing will not eliminate the requirement to pay child support for the obliged party.

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