Ensuring Your Child's Needs Are Met
Both parties are legally obligated to support their children in the State of Washington. In a divorce or legal separation, the court can order one or both parties to provide support. Support is not just an amount a party may pay to support a child. Depending on the situation, you might also have to pay for health insurance, day care, school, and extracurricular activities. Child support is payable until the child reaches the age of 18 or graduates from high school, whichever occurs last. In Washington, you can be obligated to provide post-secondary support if your child attends college or a trade school.
Your Trusted and Experienced Advisor
Depending on your parenting time with your children, you may be entitled to a residential credit, reducing the amount of child support you pay the other parent. The court has discretion over such deductions based on various factors. When setting up a child support order, it's crucial to have a dedicated lawyer with years of experience dealing with these issues.