Washington Child Support Lawyers
Pursuing Fair Child Support Arrangements for Our Clients
Child support is not only an issue in
divorce cases, but can arise in other family law cases such as parenting plan
modifications, paternity, non-parental custody, and
relocation. The family courts are actually required to ensure that an appropriate
child support arrangement is reached in all family law cases that involve
children - this is to ensure that parents adequately support their own
children rather than the state taxpayers. Child support cases are often
complex, requiring representation from a knowledgeable lawyer.
McKinley Irvin's child support attorneys have represented hundreds
of clients with varying child support needs. Our firm is experienced in:
- Establishing child support,
- Modifying child support, and
- Enforcing child support obligations.
Calculating Child Support
Child support payments are calculated based on a statutory formula. To
estimate child support obligations in your case, visit the
Washington State Child Support Calculator provided by Washington Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS).
In Washington, child support is calculated primarily by determining the
net income of both parents. Determining net income is fairly simple in
the case of W-2 wage earners with no additional sources of income. Determining
net income can become significantly more complex when the party is unemployed,
underemployed, a business owner, or receives an irregular income.
To arrive at a fair child support resolution, you need a lawyer who will
go to great lengths to obtain the necessary documents that accurately
establish net income. At McKinley Irvin, our attorneys have achieved countless
successful case outcomes for clients, even when net income was difficult to prove.
What are "extraordinary expenses"?
In addition to basic child support obligations, parents will also have
to share the burden of additional expenses, often referred to as "extraordinary
expenses." Extraordinary expenses do not fall under the category
of child support. These expenses can include:
- Sports and other extracurricular activities,
- Work-related childcare,
- Travel, and more.
Like child support, the payment of extraordinary expenses is also based
on the parents' net incomes. Once net incomes are determined, each
parent's proportional share of the combined net income is determined.
The resulting percentage is used to allocate responsibility for extraordinary expenses.
Example of Determining
If John's net income is $5,000 a month, and Joan's net income is
$3,500 a month, the combined net income of both parties is $8,500. John's
share of the combined net income is 59% ($5000 / $8,500), and Joan's
share is 41% ($3,500 / $8,500). Thus, John will pay 59% of extraordinary
expenses, and Joan will pay 41%.
Enforcing Child Support
When the parent charged with paying child support fails to make these payments
or make them on time, a private party or the state can file enforcement
actions on a child support order. McKinley Irvin's child support lawyers
have handled many enforcement and contempt actions, and have experience
with back support judgments - both for parties pursuing those judgments
and for parties defending against them.
The lawyers at McKinley Irvin have experience with child support cases
brought by the state as well as child support cases filed through the
Division of Child Support. To find the attorney best suited to meet your
family law needs, contact our office to schedule your consultation.