Filing for divorce in Arizona often leads to intense feelings of uneasiness and fear. It is very difficult to predict how the courts will split your assets or your parenting time, leaving you feeling like nothing about your life is certain.
If you are financially dependent on your spouse, not having resources of your own can make divorce it seem like an impossible goal. Even if you have a job, you may not make enough to support yourself and your children without some help.
Thankfully, divorce is not only accessible to those who have jobs or are financially independent. Those who don’t currently earn enough to support themselves and their children can typically secure a temporary child support order on the same day that they file for divorce. In other words, you don’t have to wait for the court to finalize a divorce to receive some financial support from your ex.
The Arizona family courts use the same formula initially as they do later
There is a straightforward calculator that helps with state determination of support levels. The courts review such financial information as your current income and your household expenses. They also look at the custody arrangements you request and how much parenting time you will have. The number of children and any special needs they have can also influence the amount of support the courts order.
Provided that you have this information available, the temporary support order should be mostly accurate. It is possible for your ex to contest the temporary order and submit their own financial documents even prior to your divorce proceedings, which is why it is important to be accurate with the information that you present to the courts.
Temporary support can help you get on your feet when you file
Depending on a number of factors, including whether you own your marital home, you may find yourself in a position where you need to move when you file for divorce or otherwise cover major household expenses.
Securing a temporary support order as soon as possible helps ensure that you have the resources available to cover the necessary cost to provide for your children as you navigate the end of your marriage.