We Can Help You Sort Out Child Support
Child support is an important consideration in any family law matter that involves children. Both parents are legally obligated to provide financially for their kids. However, sorting out a support obligation in concrete terms can be confusing and complicated.
That’s where we can help. At Meridian Family Law, our lawyers can give you our guidance on all aspects of child support as well as other family law-related issues. We have more than a century of combined experience helping people navigate major family transitions in Washington. We are committed to a high level of client service in everything we do.
Figuring Out Child Support In Washington
Determining who pays child support in Washington is based on statutory guidelines that take into account factors such as:
- Both parents’ income and other financial resources
- The number of children
- Expenses of the children and the parents
- The arrangements around child custody (residential time) – where and with whom the children live
Sorting out these things may become complicated when a parent is self-employed, has irregular income, or receives unique types of compensation, or when the children have special needs. Support is typically calculated based on statutory support guidelines or a formula that provides a standard calculation of support for children’s basic needs. There can be deviations upward or downward from the standard calculation if warranted in certain situations. Further, children may have special expenses to be paid by the parents such as work-related child care, educational expenses, out-of-pocket health costs, etc.
Our lawyers are familiar with the nuances of child support, and they will establish calculations that are accurate and orders that are comprehensive. We can help you address any challenges that arise.
Addressing Child Support Disputes In A Productive Manner
Fundamentally, parents want what is best for their children. They want to protect children and provide them with a happy life and a productive future. When disputes arise concerning child support, going to court is sometimes necessary. We are up for that challenge. However, we also attempt to resolve child support disputes in a more efficient, cost-effective and positive manner, utilizing out-of-court dispute resolution methods such as direct negotiations, mediation and arbitration.
Get Guidance On Your Child Support Case
You can expect attentive, informed and practical representation from our team in addressing your child support questions. We invite you to reach out online or call us at 206-569-5346 to arrange an initial consultation.