1. Child Support: Arizona Court of Appeals Division 1
Does Section 8 of the Arizona Child Support Guidelines, which permits
a court to increase the amount of child support if the parties’ combined
adjusted gross income exceeds $20,000 per month after taking into
account factors including “the standard of living the children would have
enjoyed if the parents and children were living together,” apply in paternity
actions in which the parents never lived together?
A. Was the imputation of income and daycare expenses to the unemployed parent appropriate in calculating child support in the circumstances of this case?
B. Did the trial court use an appropriate method to calculate income from stock options in its calculation of income of one of the parents?
2. Custody: Arizona Court of Appeals Division 1
A. Did the trial court abuse its discretion in allowing an expert witness to testify, even though the witness was first disclosed eight days prior to trial?
B. Pursuant to A.R.S. §25-403(B), did the trial court fail to adequately set forth its findings regarding all of the relevant factors listed in Section 25-403(A) and why the court’s decision is in the best interests of the children?
C. Did the Father waive his right to raise the issue regarding the failure of the court to make findings pursuant to A.R.S. §25-403(A) and (B) because he failed to raise it with the lower court?
Whether the Court abused its discretion by awarding Mother sole legal custody without making detailed findings of fact as required by A.R.S. section 25-403(B), and whether the Court additional abused its discretion in allowing the Mother to relocate out of state.
3. Spousal Maintenance: Arizona Court of Appeals Division 1
Whether an award of spousal maintenance by default judgment is valid under Ariz. R. Fam. Law P. 44(G) [the family law default decree rule] when the specific demand for maintenance was first contained in an amended pleading that was never served.
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