Skilled Clark County, Washington Child Support Attorneys
Children deserve access to every basic need from both parents after a divorce or separation, and are entitled to such support through financial payments made from one parent to the other. Child support is a way to ensure that all the needs of the children are being met, and to ensure they have all the necessary resources for leading a fulfilling and healthy life. The family law attorneys at Affordable Family Law Center are adept at working with parents for the best interests of their children, and have handled many successful child support cases over the years.
General Child Support Information
Child Support gets tagged in many divorces or separations as being: necessary for the survival of the children and receiving spouse, an obligation, a way for the other party to take money that they are not entitled to, or even a weapon to yield against the other person.
Child Support is really there to ensure the needs of the child are being met and to make sure that the children have all the necessary resources they need to have a healthy life.
General Tip: For both the person paying and collecting child support. If you are not using the state to document and collect child support payments now, either sign up with the state OR develop a documentation system for the collection of child support payments now. You and your ex might be on working terms now, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that is going to last. If possible collect a signature for each payment, and save them until the court ordered obligation to pay, even if it is 18 years. Additionally, if you move to another state when you have the obligation to pay child support, also document that order with the local state as well and their collection agency as well.
Establishing Child Support
Child support is meant to cater to the best interests of the children, as designated by many pre-established calculations created by the Washington State Legislature. Both parents have a legal responsibility to support their children. Legal support is generally defined as a place for the child to live, proper food and nutrition, adequate clothing and access to decent medical care. The income of both parents is taken into consideration by the courts when establishing child support payments.
While the idea of an existing calculation guideline for child support may seem straightforward, determining the true incomes of both parties can become murky and convoluted when one or both parties try to hide their income or don’t know how to properly calculate it. This is where having an experienced attorney on your side can filter out the relevant and truthful sources of information in order to accurately determine how much child support should be awarded.
Child Support Modifications
Life changes. So do incomes. In the event that significant changes occur in one parent’s income, child support calculations may no longer be accurate. Additionally, if a child support order was established with daycare or transportation expenses included but those costs are no longer relevant, a child support modification may be in order. Modifications can sometimes save the paying parent thousands of dollars while still ensuring the child has all of his or her needs met. If you’re considering modification of your current child support plan, contact the skilled attorneys at Affordable Family Law Center.
Working For the Best Interests of Your Children
For years Affordable Family Law Center has helped families throughout Vancouver, Washington and all of Clark County create parenting plans that are in the best interests of their children. Attorney Millie Roberge has dedicated all of her professional career, in and out of the field of law, to helping people ensure that their basic needs are met. Whether you’re making child support payments or receiving them, when you contact us you can rest assured that your children will be well-taken care of, because in the end that is truly what matters most.