Child Support

Child Support

Child support payments are calculated based on a statutory formula involving the net income of both parents. For a rough estimate of the child support obligation in your case, you may visit the Washington Department of Social and Health Services’s  Washington State Child Support Calculator.

Though establishing net income is often straightforward, in some cases it is more complex and the accurate net income can be difficult to prove. If necessary, I am prepared to go the extra mile to obtain documents to establish the accurate net income.

Additional or “extraordinary expenses”

In addition to basic child support obligations, parents will also have to share the burden of additional expenses, or  “extraordinary expenses.” Extraordinary expenses are not within the category of child support. Examples include: education, sports or extracurricular activities, work-related childcare, travel.

Payment for extraordinary expenses is also based on the parents’ net incomes. Each parent will be responsible for paying their proportional share, or percentage, of the combined total net income of both parents. For instance, if one parent earns $3,000/month and the other earns $6,000/month, allocation of the extraordinary expense would be divided up as 33% and 66%, respectively.