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Child support, from the court's perspective

If you recently got divorced and also happen to be a parent, issues regarding your children were likely discussed, and court decisions were made (or approvals granted) in conjunction with your co-parenting plan. You may also have an existing court order regarding child support in Washington. Perhaps you are the paying parent or you receive payments from your ex to provide for your children's needs.

Raising a child in a healthy parental relationship after divorce

The relationship between parents and their children may be seriously affected by divorce. Raising a child in Washington who is healthy and well-adjusted is likely one of the most difficult and most important things a person can do. Humans are far from perfect and most adults are able to move on after marriages end. It may take kids a little longer, especially if one or both of their parents have found new partners.

What to do when child support problems arise in divorce

While it is sometimes possible to create an amicable co-parenting plan in a Washington divorce, it can be quite challenging if parents disagree about certain issues. Problems often arise regarding child custody or child support matters. However, if a concerned parent knows how to quickly access legal support, most problems can be resolved before they get out of hand.  

Father accused of not paying child support, now in jail

Most Washington parents who contribute financially to their children's needs by order of the court understand the importance of strict adherence to the terms of the court order. If a judge orders a specific payment to be made by a certain date every month, the parent ordered to do so may face serious legal problems for noncompliance. In fact, child support situations like this can lead to criminal charges above and beyond family law proceedings. 

"Grey's Anatomy" star not happy about child support ruling

"Grey's Anatomy" fans in Washington and beyond are typically big fans of Jesse Williams, the actor who plays Doctor Jackson Avery on the show. While the character Williams plays faces stress or emotional challenges in the series, it's fiction and, as such, doesn't impact his real life. However, the stress he has been dealing with in a child support battle with his former wife is another situation altogether, and it's definitely real.

Keep these things in mind about child support modification

Washington parents who divorce often become entangled in legal battles with their former spouses regarding various issues having to do with their children. Those who pay child support must adhere to the exact terms of their court orders; that goes for both parents, in fact. If a parent is, for some reason, unable to keep making payments, there are certain things he or she will want to remember in order to avoid legal trouble.

Reality TV star seeks child support and custody

Washington fans of the reality TV series "Southern Charm" are likely familiar with a star on the show, Kathryn Dennis. Some may also be aware that Dennis has faced several challenges regarding child support and custody matters concerning her two children. In 2016, Dennis failed a drug test, which led her losing custody of her kids.  

Will Geena Davis have to provide for spouse's financial needs?

Among many other complicated matters that can arise in a Washington divorce, issues pertaining to money often prompt contentious situations in court. One of the things a judge must often decide is whether one spouse should help provide for the financial needs of the other. Hollywood actress Geena Davis is currently going through a divorce filed by her husband, who has requested spousal support as well as joint legal and physical custody of their three children.  

Bird nesting may be in best interests of the child on Today Show

Fans of Hollywood film actor Josh Lucas may have watched his guest spot earlier this year on the Today Show. Lucas spoke about bird nesting, an alternative living arrangement many people (no doubt including some in Washington) are incorporating into their divorce plans. Lucas said he and his former wife chose bird nesting for their 5-year old son. He also said his son loves the new plan, and he (Lucas) believes parents can keep the best interests of the child in mind as they move forward in life following divorce. 

NBA star Blake Griffin's former lover files for child support

Most Washington parents currently facing legal problems regarding financial provision or care of their children do not have to worry about the personal details of their situations making national news headlines. However, private situations can be just as stressful as those that unfold before the public eye, such as an ongoing battle between professional basketball player Blake Griffin and his former girlfriend. She has filed a palimony lawsuit against Griffin and is requesting child support for their two children.

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