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How are child support laws enforced in Washington?

When a married couple in Washington who have children together gets divorced, any number of problems may arise. Disagreements regarding child support, custody or visitation often present challenges that may seem insurmountable at times. With regard to child support, state laws govern such matters, and concerned parents are often able to overcome obstacles by seeking clarification of the laws ahead of time and proactively addressing problematic issues in court.

Either custodial or noncustodial parents can be ordered to pay child support. It is typically the parent who spends less than half the time with the children who is mandated to provide supplemental financial support. Even an unemployed parent (if he or she refuses to work to avoid paying child support) can be held legally accountable for payments.

Once a court order is in place, modifications may be sought if lifestyle changes or employment changes make it necessary to do so. Delinquent accounts are often resolved through wage garnishment. State laws vary regarding this matter, however, so one would not want assume that this type of debt collection would automatically take place without first checking the laws of one's own state.

A Washington family law attorney is well-versed in all laws pertaining to child support and other custody issues. Hansen Law, PLLC has successfully helped many parents seek enforcement of their court orders. If an unpredictable circumstance has led to problems regarding an existing court order, or you wish to discuss some other aspect of child support law, you may request a meeting by calling our office.

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