From what I have heard from others who pay child support, the courts can only go by what I make hourly for 40 hours. I do usually make overtime but it is not the same every week and it is not guarenteed. According to the Affidavit of Financial Information that I am supposed to fill out for the child support worksheet though it asks for me to list all of my income including things such as bonuses and tips, and income that I make that varies by month should be averaged.
Which information is correct? I dont believe it is far to base child support off of income that is not going to always be there. I am in construction and especially when work slows down, there will not be that overtime but my child support may still be based on what I was making when I was receiving the overtime?
Below is a link to the AZ Child Support Calculator, which you can use to get an idea of what sources of income are included and what your obligation would be. You can enter in your income as yearly to take into consideration seasonal swings in income. As for your AFI, you can include pay statements that show such discrepancy between seasons, and include your annual income or average monthly.
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