For married parents going through a divorce, the amount of child support owed is arrived at based on a formula that incorporates the combined net income of each parent, and the number of children that require monetary support. During divorce proceedings, each parent will be required to complete a Washington State Child Support Schedule. This form requires information from both parties as to their total household income and total household expenses in order to calculate the correct final child support obligation. For unmarried parents, child support is a separate legal action that differs from this process.
Child support is a legal issue for both married parents and unmarried parents. For married parents, child support is determined by the court during a divorce proceeding; child support is a separate legal action for unmarried parents.
Child support obligations are based on a formula incorporating the combined net income of each parent and the number of children requiring monetary support. In order to calculate the child support obligation, each parent must complete a worksheet reporting his or her individual financial information and the financial needs of the child or children. This worksheet financial information is entered into the standardized Washington State Child Support Schedule, which sets the basic amount of child support.
To view/print a copy of the Washington State Child Support Schedule, click here: WSCSS_Worksheets2015
Prior to the court determining the final child support obligation, each parent is provided with an opportunity to present facts, information, and extenuating circumstances in order to adjust the basic support calculation. Please contact the offices of R. Bryan Geissler for assistance in determining the amount of your child support, or to modify your existing child support order/payments