Effective Guidance On Child Support Matters
Receiving adequate financial support is critical to a child’s well-being. Parents may disagree over the amount of child support, but it is important that they understand the receiving support is the right of the child.
Whether you are the parent paying or receiving the support, experienced legal counsel can ensure that your rights and the rights of your child are protected. At the Law Offices of Robert C. Kaufman, PS, we represent parents in child custody and support cases. For consultation with a Bellevue child support attorney, please call 425-615-7222.
How Is Child Support Calculated?
Washington has a statutory formula that is used to calculate child support payments. Each parent’s income and the number and ages of the children are used to find the basic or presumptive level of support. In most cases, the presumptive level of support is what the court orders, but there are exceptions.
The courts have discretion to deviate from the statutory schedule if the children spend substantial time with parent paying support. If a child has special needs, he or she may require additional support. Parents with very low income may pay reduced payments if the basic level of support would place them below the federal poverty guidelines.
Calculating child support can be difficult when a parent is self-employed. Our lawyer has experience with these cases and knows how to determine the self-employed party’s actual income.
It is common for one or both parties to request a modification to existing child support orders. Needs and income change over time, and the court allows parents to seek modifications. It is also fairly common for one parent to fall behind on payments and for the other parent to need help enforcing the court order. We can represent you in both of these situations.
Contact An Experienced Attorney
To schedule a consultation, please call 425-615-7222. You may also contact us online.