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Shared Custody: Children’s Right and Parents’ Duty

Around half of all U.S. children experience the divorce of their parents; and nearly half of those children also witness the termination of a parent’s second marriage. This means that divorce will affect half of America’s future decision makers; and the responsibility falls on parents and courts to...

How is Child Support Calculated When We Have Equal Parenting?

Some parents, often through agreement, have 50/50 parenting plans, in other words, each parent has the children 50% of the time. They may assume that since they equally share the parenting, neither would owe any child support to the other. That, however, is generally not the case....

How Does Child Support Work?

Child Support laws vary greatly from state to state, but in Washington State, child support is calculated by completing a form called a child support worksheet (a bit like an income tax form). You list the income for both parents, take out certain allowable deductions, and come up with a net income...

Alternative Child Support

Washington has established child support guidelines for how child support is to be calculated by the courts.  The courts have the ability to deviate from the guidelines, but have an obligation to ensure that the deviated support still meets the needs of the children.  The ability to deviate actually...

Can We Reach Our Own Agreements?

I am often asked whether a couple can reach their own agreements, or whether a Washington State court is going to refuse the accept those agreements and substitute its own decisions. As a general rule, a couple is able to make their own agreements as to things that are just between them. I have neve...

What is Imputed Income?

In Washington State, income may be imputed to a parent for purposes of calculating child support if the parent is voluntarily unemployed or underemployed (i.e. does not have actual full time income)....

Can Child Support be Retroactive?

As a general rule in the State of Washington, child support is not retroactive prior to the date of the filing of the Petition asking for the child support. However, there are a few circumstances where child support can go further back....

What Is My Income?

In the divorce cases we do, our attorneys often hear various forms of this question - how is my income calculated? This is usually in terms of figuring out child support and spousal support/maintenance obligations....

How do Child Support Orders Work?

If children are involved in a divorce, financial care of a child or children is one of the most important matters to resolve. In Washington State, each parent pays a proportional share of the support of the children. That share of the estimated cost of raising the children is based on each parent's...

Private School Tuition as Child Support

Mark Alexander of our firm recently answered a question about child support and private school tuition: First, the obligation to pay for private school tuition is a child support obligation, although private school tuition is usually NOT ordered unless there is a history of the child previously att...