Kirkland Child Support Attorneys
Under Washington State law, both parents have a statutory obligation to support their children financially. Applicable legislation provides that the calculation of child support is based primarily on the parties' net incomes, their work-related and daycare expenses and the needs of the child or children under consideration. Specific monthly allowances are established pursuant to the Washington Child Support Schedule, which sets forth payment intervals and other details based on the income of each parent, the number of children and the costs of supporting them, and other pertinent factors in order to determine the adequate support obligation.
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The Act also foresees that child support is subject to periodic modification to meet changes in the needs of the children, as well as changes in each parent's financial capacity to pay previously concluded amounts. As a general rule, child support payments are usually required until a child is 18 years old, or graduates from high school, whichever of the previous events occurs last.
However, insofar as circumstances may affect the duration of the payment obligation, the period during which a former spouse is entitled to receive child support may vary and extend beyond high school graduation or attaining 18 years of age. For example, if a child under the age of 18 gets married or otherwise becomes emancipated or self-supporting, the court may terminate the parental obligation for the child support. Inversely, should a an individual remain dependent after attaining 18 years of age, parental support may be required to the extent that the dependence persists. For instance, post-secondary support, vocational education expenses, or the case of a disabled child represent some cases in which financial dependency may endure.
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