Family Law

Children/Family Issues


Child Support Frequently Asked Questions

2005 Child Support Calculator is an Interactive PDF (Portable Document Format) document that will calculate a child support amount based on the Arizona Child Support Guidelines that took effect January 1, 2005. It has been designed to function with Adobe Acrobat Reader version 6.0.1. Please remember that this calculator is for informational and educational purposes only.

Arizona Child Support Guidelines follow the Income Shares Model. The model was developed by the Child Support Guidelines Project of the National Center for State Courts. Information regarding development of the guidelines, including economic data and assumptions upon which the Schedule of Basic Child Support Obligations is based, are posted on this site.

Planning for Parenting Time: Arizona's Guide for Parents Living Apart .  This booklet will help parents reach agreements about parenting time (access) with their children. Spanish Version  

Covenant Marriage booklet describes what steps must be taken to enter into a covenant marriage. It also lists the limited reasons available for a legal separation or divorce for those in a covenant marriage. Specific questions about covenant marriages should be directed to a member of the clergy, a marriage counselor or a legal advisor.

Family Counseling services are available through each Arizona juvenile court through referral. Family Counseling Services are provided to strengthen family relationships and to assist families in dealing with difficult children and adolescents.


Abortion, Request of Minor without Consent of Parent forms. Doctors cannot perform abortions for girls under the age of 18 without permission from their parent, guardian or a superior court judge (see below, A.R.S. §§ 36-2152*). 

If you are trying to obtain an abortion without parental consent, these self-service forms may be used to request permission from the superior court. Once you have filled these forms out you must file them in person or via U.S. mail to the superior court in your county.

*A.R.S. §§ 36-2152, enacted in 2001, prohibits any physician from performing an abortion on an unemancipated minor without the written consent of one of the minor's parents or her guardian or conservator, or unless a judge of the superior court authorizes the physician to perform the abortion pursuant to prescribed procedures.  

Emancipation of a Minor Forms are available on our Self-Service Center.


Arizona Revised Statute, Title 8 deals with issues of adoption.

Arizona Revised Statute, Title 25 deals with family law and child support.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONAL WEBSITES is a web site that contains a vast array of resources on several aspects of adoption. They have information and links to sites dealing with unplanned pregnancies, adoptive parent resources, chat rooms, newsletters, and even an area to search for adopted children/parents.  provides powerful search tools for viewing children available for adoption in your area and across the country.

Adoption Care Center is a nonprofit child placement agency that provides individual care and attention to both adoptive families and birthparents. has information about civil legal issues, organizations that provide free legal help to low income clients, and other resources for people who can’t afford an attorney.  Self-help instructions and forms are available to download for people who want to help themselves and for legal aid advocates who want to assist their clients.

Arizona Department of Economic Security web site will let the user find the telephone numbers for state adoption offices in each county. This site also has contact information for media inquiries, statistics and general information about foster care and adoption in Arizona.

Child Support Agency  This web site provides information to help locate absent parents, establish paternity, establish child and medical support, enforce and/or modify support, view case information and payment information

The Confidential Intermediary Program provides a service to help reunite families separated by adoption. The Program is administered by the Arizona Supreme Court and applies to adoptions that have been finalized in the state of Arizona.

Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) helps protect abandoned, abused and neglected children. CASAs are trained volunteers who donate their time to help the court system determine what is best for children who have come under the court's care.

Foster Care Review Boards advise the juvenile court on progress toward achieving a permanent home for a child or children involved in a dependency action and in an out-of-home placement. The well-being of these children is the highest concern to board members.

Juvenile Justice Services Division is responsible for the effective administration of juvenile justice programs for delinquent and incorrigible youth in coordination with the juvenile courts. Activities are consistent with constitutional, statutory, and administrative requirements that focus on treatment and rehabilitation as well as protection of the community and youth. Programs include delinquency prevention, treatment, probation, statewide automation and other related activities.

Law for Kids is America's first stand alone web site dedicated to teaching children about the law. The site was created by the Arizona Bar Foundation with the specific goal of educating Arizona's youth, their parents, communities and schools about youth laws and to encourage law abiding behavior.

Legal Resource Guide by the State Bar of Arizona.  This document addresses such matters as how to hire a lawyer, attorney professional responsibility, legal assistance to the community and legal topics important to all individuals.  It is a publication of the State Bar of Arizona and Phoenix Magazine.

Parent Assistance Hotline Program is an information source, independent of the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES), which responds to questions about juvenile court procedures, Child Protective Services (CPS) and related issues, utilizing professional Supreme Court staff, Monday—Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Arizona time), excluding holidays.