Washington Child Support Lawyer
Both parents share the responsibility of raising a child. Washington child support lawyers can help ensure your child receives the financial support required for a healthy, happy upbringing. Child support payments remain the same until the court modifies the child support order. If either parent experiences a significant change in financial circumstances, our family lawyers can guide you through the proper legal procedures to modify your child support payments accordingly.
Calculating Child Support
In general, the parent who provides most of the day-to-day care for the children is the one who receives the support payments. When couples split their children’s time relatively equally, then this arrangement may change.
Figuring out child support payments is similar to calculating income tax: In order to know how much support a child should receive, you or your Washington child support lawyer needs to calculate the combined net income of both parents.
The net income is the amount of money left over after taking out money for taxes, some retirement or pension payments, or business expenses are subtracted. Both parents’ net income will be added together and compared to written guidelines published by the Washington legislature.