In Washington State, both parents have a duty to support children of the relationship. The parties need not be married for the obligation to attach. Child support is determined by a set of guidelines and mathematical formulas using both parties income to determine the amount of support that should be paid by the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent. It covers housing, food and expenses associated with parenting and daycare. If at anytime the non-custodial parent refuses to pay or falls behind on payments, either a party acting in his/her own capacity or the Department of Child Services under the Washington state child support system will enforce several methods to make the non-paying parent pay. This is often done by means of a Motion for Contempt for not paying the required amount of child support.
When enforcing Washington state child support, the non-custodial parent can have their tax-refund deducted, their license suspended and can even be jailed for continued refusal to pay child support after he/she has had notice and an opportunity to tell the Court why he/she has not been paying support. A mandatory wage garnishment may also be used to collect current or back child support that is owed. The non-custodial parent can also have their bank accounts garnished if they owe any past due child support payments.
The Washington state child support system also has a program to adjust any child support payments according to the parents lifestyle. These adjustments are known as modifications. Modifications can go up, or they can go down, depending on either of the parents current lifestyle. For example, if the non-custodial parent receives a pay raise and is making more money than before, the custodial parent can request for modifications to raise the current child support payments. On the other hand, if the non-custodial parent receive a cut in pay, he/she can also request for modifications to reduce child support payments. In some states child support laws are modified are done every three year
If you have received a request to increase or decrease your child support from the State or you ex-partner, please call to schedule an appointment to discuss your rights and obligations under the Washington State Child Support system.
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