Seattle Child Support Lawyer
Calculate & Determine Child Support
Child support matters are generally at the center of many heated disputes in a divorce and when the need for modification arises. Matters involving children and finances can be complicated because parents often have vastly different views on what they consider to be fair payments. Our knowledgeable Seattle child support lawyers at Wakefield Legal, PLLC can serve as your objective legal advisor and guide you towards a child support solution that is balanced and beneficial to your children.
Wakefield Legal, PLLC has experience in:
- Establishing child support payments
- Modifying support amounts
- Enforcing nonpayment
Receive trusted advice and guidance during a consultation from our child support attorneys in Seattle.
As attorneys with in-depth trial experience, you can be confident that we are able and willing to push a case to trial if it means protecting your interests.
How Long Does Child Support Last?
Washington parents should expect to pay child support until their child turns 18 or graduates from high school, whichever comes later. However, while this is the standard protocol, support could be modified and extended or shortened to fit the needs of a given family.
Support could be terminated before the child’s 18th birthday or graduation if:
- The child dies
- The child marries
While these scenarios end child support obligations, other significant events, such as a paying parent’s job loss, could give cause for that parent to seek to modify the agreement.
Contrarily, support could be continued beyond the standard timeframe if:
- The child requires prolonged care
- The child enrolls in an accredited academic or vocational school and remains in good academic standing
It’s important to note that parents are not required to provide financial support to a child as they further their education. This support may be addressed in the original child support document or revisited and modified at a later date when the matter is more pressing.
Either parent can file for postsecondary support. The court will carefully evaluate the case to determine whether it is necessary. Judges will consider:
- If the child is truly dependent on the parents to fulfill their basic needs
- The child’s age
- The child’s career goals
- The child’s needs
- The parents’ expectations for their child’s education when they were together
- The parents’ levels of education
- The parents’ standard of living
There are points that the parents and supported child must remain cognizant of should their financial assistance continue and cover the child’s higher education:
- Both parents are entitled to copies of the child’s academic records
- With the exception of circumstances where the child requires extra care, payments should not continue beyond the child’s 23rd birthday
- Payments should be made directly to the institution, or, if unfeasible, to the child, assuming that they do not reside with either parent
Our Seattle child support attorneys will help you understand what information you are entitled to as a paying parent.
How Are Child Support Payments Calculated in WA?
Child support amounts are calculated by using a standard formula. The non-custodial parent will typically be the one making payments to the custodial parent. If you are a business owner with complex finances or is unemployed or underemployed, you may benefit from having a lawyer review your situation to help determine your true income and support obligations.
Child support is determined by factoring:
- Net income of both parents
- Number of children to receive support
- Cost of medical and daycare expenses
- Other child support obligations paid to other children
Is There a Limit on Child Support Payments?
Yes, all of your biological children should receive no more than 45 percent of your net income in support. A proportional share is due to each child.
Consultations with a Knowledgeable Advocate - (206) 966-6933
Whether you need help establishing child support, modifying an amount due to a change in circumstances, or need an enforcement against a nonpaying parent, our child support lawyers in Seattle work quickly and effectively to resolve your matter.
We understand that when child support matters are delayed, it is the children who end up suffering. Let our family attorneys help you determine a fair and reasonable amount so you can adequately care for your child’s needs.
If you would like to learn more, call us at (206) 966-6933.