Incomes, Obligations, Court Orders
In a proceeding for dissolution, legal separation, paternity or third party custody action, the court is required by statute to order both parents to pay an amount of child support. Each parent's child support obligation is based upon the combined net incomes of the parents, the age(s) and number of children in the family.
After determining the combined net incomes of the parents, the court then looks to the child support table to determine the total amount of support due. The court then determines each parent's proportional share of the total support obligation based upon each parent's share of the combined net income.
The court has the discretion to adjust each parent's support obligation if certain factors exist. Determining child support obligations is a legally complex process, and my firm has assisted numerous clients in avoiding potentially devastating consequences. We are experienced at handling cases involving income situations difficult to prove: self-employment income, individuals who choose to become under-employed or unemployed in order to avoid their child support obligations, and situations involving combined net income levels that exceed the child support table.
In Washington State , child support must be calculated before a final decree may be entered. My firm is dedicated to zealously representing you in your child support proceedings in order to ensure the correct amounts of support are paid as ordered.
Failure to Comply: Child Support Enforcement and Adjustments
It is not uncommon for people to fail to comply with their child support obligations. The reasons vary from loss of income to deliberate and willful disobedience. My firm is experienced in representing clients who are pursuing enforcement of the child support order in effect. We have assisted numerous clients in contempt actions and in actions to collect back child support. Additionally, we have successfully defended clients in enforcement, contempt, and collection actions.
A child support order may be adjusted twenty-four months from the date of the entry of the decree, child support order, or last adjustment if there are changes in the income of the parents or changes in the child support table. Adjustments require the completion of new child support worksheets and the entry of a new child support order. Our firm is available to assist you throughout that process.
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