Child Support Modification

Modifying Child Support Obligations to Accommodate Changing Circumstances

Washington State family law allows parents to petition for child support modification to accommodate changes in circumstances. There are a number of factors that can serve as the basis for a petition to modify a child support obligation, such as:

  • The age of the child(ren),
  • Changes in residential schedule,
  • A child wishing to attend college after high school, or
  • Changes in the income of one or both parties.

McKinley Irvin family law lawyers and modifications lawyers have significant experience representing individuals in their pursuit of child support modifications. We have also handled a number of cases in which income, and therefore an appropriate child support amount, was difficult to determine. These cases have included individuals who were unemployed, underemployed, self-employed, or received investment-related income.

Our child support and modification attorneys are adept at handling all types of child support modification cases, including cases where calculating income is exceptionally challenging and cases involving modification of out-of-state or foreign support orders.

The Substantial Change in Circumstances Requirement

Child support orders that have been in effect for less than one year cannot be modified unless the petitioner is able to give proof of a substantial change in circumstances.

If 24 months have passed from the entry date of the child support order or the last modification (whichever is later), the order may be adjusted without showing a substantial change in circumstances based upon:

  • Changes in the income of the parents; or
  • Changes in the economic table or standards listed in RCW 26.19.

Our Washington Child Support Lawyers Strive for the Best Results

The emotional nature of child support cases often makes petitioning for modifications a difficult issue for both parties. The lives of both parties can change substantially after an initial support order is in place. Parents can receive pay increases/cuts, change careers, remarry, and may even encounter health problems that require costly treatment.

At McKinley Irvin, we approach each case with the intensity to accomplish a successful result while maintaining respect and compassion for our clients during what is often a difficult time. To learn more about how a Washington child support lawyer at McKinley Irvin can help you with a modification case, we invite you to call us. A member of our staff will be able to connect you with the lawyer best suited to meet your needs.

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