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What Is Child Support?
In the wake of divorce and custody cases, child support payments are one of the biggest continuing expenses parents face. Part of your duty as a parent is to provide for your children.
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How Does Child Support Work In Washington State?
Washington State child support doesn’t operate that way.
In Washington, child support initially follows a strict, uniform formula. It accounts for an array of factors, but the equation remains the same. However, there can be deviations from the calculated amount based on other factors such as the number of overnights with the child(ren) and whether you have other children living with you or paying support for.
Calculate Your Own Child Support Payments
To get started:
- Collect specific information about your income, finances, and taxes.
- You need your most recent tax returns, paycheck stubs, and tax forms, like W-2s or 1099s.
- any paperwork that documents disability or unemployment benefits,
- child health care costs,
- mandatory fees like union dues or retirement contributions,
- job-related expenses.
- If you have child support payments for other children, spousal support payments, or similar costs, collect those.
Washington’s Support Schedule appears to be a rigid, standardized formula. Like a math equation, you plug numbers in and it shows a presumptive amount. However, just like having a CPA look at your taxes, there may be things an attorney sees that will benefit you in getting a deviation from the presumptive amount.
How We Can Help
Knowledgeable InformationAt Goldberg Jones, family law is our sole focus. Our Seattle-based attorneys offer real child support answers over the phone.
(Appropriately) Aggressive RepresentationOur custody attorneys are dedicated to protecting your rights; we take assertive action to support you and your children.
In-Depth AssessmentNo two cases play out the same way. Ken Alan, our managing attorney, assesses your situation and explores your options.
Resources To Get You Started
What Is The Division Of Child Support?
When And How Can I Modify Child Support Payments?
When Can Support Go Past 18?
What is a Joinder in divorce? Should You Sign One?
Does Washington State Have Common-Law Marriage?
How Legal Separation Differs From Divorce
Dividing A House In Divorce
Is Washington A No-Fault Divorce State?
Are Divorce Records Public In Washington State?
Child Support Modification: How To Change A Support Order
Ways People Damage Their Own Divorce Cases
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