Olympia Child Support Lawyers

A child support agreementFew things are as difficult as raising children. This difficulty includes the strain that parenthood places on a parent’s finances. Washington is like other states in that it places the obligation on both parents to support their children. In an ideal world, mothers and fathers would honor this obligation voluntarily. Unfortunately, there are times when this is not the case and a parent must be ordered by a Court to support their child. In such instances, the Judge will enter an order requiring payment of child support. Although the issue may seem straightforward, there are many complications which can arise. It is strongly suggested that you retain a family law attorney to assist you. Our Olympia child support lawyers handle such matters. Contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation.

Olympia lawyers ensuring that parents follow Washington’s child support requirements

Courts will enter a child support order at the same time that they issue a child custody ruling. Under Washington law, support is set pursuant to statutory guidelines that determine the amount to be paid. This amount is based on: the number of children, the age of the children, and the parents’ combined income. While the application of our state’s child support formula may seem like basic arithmetic, there are many ways in which it can become complicated. For instance, disputes over how the paying parent’s income should be calculated can affect the calculation. These disputes are most common when one parent is self-employed, when one parent is claimed to be is “under-employed” (meaning that they are choosing to earn an amount which is less than what they are capable of), or when one parent’s income is inflated due to one-time events. By retaining an attorney, you can help to ensure that that the best case is made for the fairest child support calculation.

Our Olympia child support lawyers help with making sure that parents are responsible for their fair share of the costs associated with raising one’s son or daughter. If there is a dispute over the true nature of a parent’s earnings, then we will use the discovery process to obtain the evidence needed to paint a complete financial picture. Child support is often a hot button issue between parents. Our firm will use any tools necessary in order to ensure that your rights are protected throughout the process. Contact our office for assistance.

Attorneys handling child support modifications for parents in Olympia, Tacoma & other Washington areas

Raising children is a long-term commitment. Like many other things in life, a parent’s income can go up or down over time. This means that the Court’s child support orders must be adjusted, upwards or downwards, as circumstances change. If a parent fails to seek a modification when the paying parent’s income has increased, then they give up money to which they are entitled. Likewise, if a paying parent fails to seek a modification when their income goes down, then they will still be required to pay the amount stated in the Court’s order, often causing them, and any other children they have, financial hardship. By immediately seeking a modification when circumstances change, a parent can ensure their rights are protected and that they, and their children, are treated fairly. Our Olympia attorneys are able to assist with support modifications. We are honored to serve our community and we strive to provide the highest levels of service.

Our firm also serves the Thurston County cities of Lacey, Tumwater, and Yelm, the Pierce County cities of Tacoma, Puyallup, and Lakewood, the Lewis County cities of Centralia, Chehalis, the King County cities of Seattle, Auburn, Bellevue, Burien, and Federal Way, as well as other areas in Washington, including Grays Harbor, Mason, Cowlitz, and Pacific Counties.