Many people believe that child support is and should be used to cover a child's basic needs. However, Arizona and other states have come up with support guidelines that take a variety of factors into consideration. Additionally, the courts assume that the custodial parent is already meeting the needs of the child and will typically not monitor that parent's spending habits.
Movie fans in Arizona may have read about the custody dispute between actress Halle Berry and her ex-boyfriend, model Gabriel Aubry. News sources have recently reported that a Los Angeles Superior Court judge has signed off on an agreement between the two that will require Berry to make $16,000 in child support payments a month to Aubry. The former couple have a 6-year-old daughter.