The purpose of child support is to ensure the child’s basic living expenses, such as food, clothing, and shelter are met. In Washington, child support is calculated by a statutory formula, that utilizes both parties’ net incomes to determine the amount of child support that will be paid monthly, commonly referred to as a transfer payment.
Net incomes are not always easy to determine. In many cases, it is as simple as looking at an individual’s W-2’s. However, this is not so simple when a party owns a business, is unemployed/underemployed, or hiding income. It is important to have representation by a knowledgeable family law attorney that can reassure you that the appropriate amount of child support is being paid or received.
Child Support orders also cover other support related issues, such as extraordinary expenses and who claims the child for tax purposes. Extraordinary expenses include uninsured medical expenses, education or school related expenses, extracurricular activities such as sports, work-related childcare, long distance travel, and more. These obligations are above and beyond the basic child support transfer payment and are usually based off the proportional share of the incomes earned.
Determining child support can be a complex and time-consuming process. Whether you are the custodial and noncustodial parent, you can benefit from speaking to an experienced child support lawyer in Washington State.