A parent has a legal duty to help support his/her children.
A court’s main concern in setting child support is that your children have enough money to meet their needs. Support is for clothes, food, decent daycare and medical care, and someplace for the children to live (rent/mortgage and utilities). The payment of child support is often one of the most contentious aspects of divorce.
The amount of payment of child support is determined by the Washington State Support Schedule
The court figures out each parent’s income, adds it together, and finds the amount of support on the Schedule that applies to the number and ages of your children. This amount is the “basic support obligation. You can access the Washington State Support Schedule, and other forms and worksheets, at this link.
We work everyday with parents who are dealing with child support issues
We know that during the divorce process, parents are under great stress as they try to focus on parenting and supporting their children. Contact us if you need advice or legal help.