How Failure to Pay Child Support Impacts Custody


Child support orders are meant to ensure that the children’s needs continue to be met even when their parents no longer reside in the same household. Parents are meant to share in the responsibility of financially supporting their children, just as a custody order will make sure that the parents share in the other parenting responsibilities. A common question we receive is what happens when the parent who is supposed Read More

If Your Spouse is Lying About Income

Divorce and separation is a financially stressful time. When two people are used to sharing the expenses of everyday living, making the shift to being solely responsible for running a household can be emotionally and financially difficult. Unfortunately, this can sometimes lead to one spouse being less than truthful during divorce proceedings. Spouses will and do lie in an effort to reduce their liability for spousal Read More

What if I Cannot Meet My Financial Obligations Under My Divorce Decree?

At the end of every divorce, a decree of dissolution of marriage will be entered with the court, i.e., a divorce decree.  This decree is a court order which sets out the rights and responsibilities for you and your spouse in terms of the following: Division of assets, debts, and personal property; Alimony (called spousal maintenance in Washington); and Miscellaneous issues. Also, a child support order Read More

What’s Worth Fighting Over

Emotions run high in divorces and custody cases.  A situation that otherwise would have been resolved quickly and amicably can quickly turn hostile when spouses get angry and resentful, as can so often happen during a family law case.  Spouses often have the knee-jerk reaction of wanting to “win” the divorce case by fighting to be awarded as much property or visitation as possible, but the plain truth is that not Read More

Timing of a Child Support Modification

After a child support order is entered, it is not uncommon for one or both parents to later want to reexamine the child support amount.  As a child’s needs change or a parent’s income changes, a modification of a child support order may be appropriate or necessary.  In Washington, strict requirements exist as to when such a request may be made with the court and in what way.  Before filing a child support Read More

Special Custody Issues for Special Needs Children

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in every 68 children is on the Autism spectrum.  Statistics show that 40 to 50 percent of marriages end in divorce.  As such, it should come as no surprise that many divorces and child custody disputes involve children with special needs.  Special needs children often have extra issues that parents need to be aware of when crafting a custody Read More

Child Support for Special Needs and Extraordinarily Gifted Children

Setting an accurate amount for child support is essential to a successful divorce case. Washington has a specific formula for setting child support to set an amount that is fair and will provide for the children’s needs. If a child has special needs or has extra expenses, a deviation from the typical child support guidelines may be necessary. A deviation from the standard support schedule may be requested or Read More

Equal Parenting Time and When It’s Appropriate

Any custody case, whether that’s in a divorce or a dispute between a couple that was never married, is governed by what is best for the child. As a parent, you certainly have your own ideas about what sort of parenting schedule is best for your child, and your spouse or partner probably has his or her own opinions. Maximizing a child’s time with each parent is a great goal, and a parenting schedule that allows a Read More

What is a Guardian ad Litem and Do We Need One?

We all want what is best for our children. In divorces or stand-alone custody disputes, the parents are often fighting because they disagree on what would be the best custody or parenting time structure for the couple’s children. Mediation or settlement is usually the best way for you and the other parent to figure out a parenting time arrangement that works best for your child’s individual needs, but that isn’t Read More

Calculating Child Support in Washington State

In cases involving children, courts will enter an order providing for the financial support of the child. Typically, the non-custodial parent (that is, the parent spending less time with the child) will be the parent who will be court-ordered to pay child support to the custodial parent. Washington law requires that the court take many factors into account. First, the court will consider the gross incomes of both Read More