Professional Child Support Lawyer Helping Vancouver Families
When only one parent has custody of a child, the other non-custodial parent is usually required to pay child support. The amount of child support required depends on a wide variety of factors, and, in the absence of legal representation, there’s simply no easy way to determine precisely how much money a non-custodial parent must pay. While the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) provides an online calculator to help you establish a rough number, the result of this calculation is merely an estimate.
If one parent is self-employed or has a high or variable income — or when there are other costs involved with the upbringing of your child, in addition to those associated with daycare and health insurance costs — the amount required of the non-custodial parent can differ significantly from what may be expected.
Guiding You Through the Process.
If you have questions regarding how much support your child should be receiving from their non-custodial parent, our skilled Washington child support attorney can help you calculate this sum and secure a legally binding order. Contact John L. Davis PLLC to learn more about how best to proceed with your case.
Determining Child Support.
Support orders can be established by either the courts or the DSHS. The courts and DSHS both rely on the Washington Child Support Guidelines to assist them in establishing the amount of child support required. The child’s age and the parents’ net incomes are two of the primary variables used to establish a support order. Other factors include how much time the child spends with the non-custodial parent, any special needs the child may have and whether or not the parent paying support is already providing for another child.
A Little Math.
The state of Washington begins by adding up the incomes of both parents and subtracting their respective financial obligations. This calculation is reached pursuant to the proportion of total income each parent contributes. However, the state can choose to deviate from this amount if other factors apply, such as the presence of other income-generating adults in the household, or in cases where either parent enjoys significant wealth.
Keep in mind that the state can alter child support amounts if parenting plans or residential schedules deem it necessary to do so. John L. Davis can help a custodial parent demonstrate to a judge that such deviations should be considered in any final support order.
Fighting for Washington Parents.
At John L. Davis PLLC, we help our clients with the enforcement or modification of existing child support orders. Contact our Vancouver office to schedule your initial consultation with our dedicated child support attorney. Attorney John L. Davis will have your back for as long as it takes to ensure that the rights and interests of your child are protected both now and in the future.