Going through a divorce is hard enough as it is. However, it becomes even more difficult when there is a child or multiple children involved. Having all the facts about how child support works in the state of Washington is extremely important if you know that you will likely not be the parent getting custody of the kids. While many people believe that they already know a lot about what child support entails, they may be misinformed after all. Below you can uncover the most common myths regarding child support in Washington.
Myth #1: You will not be expected to pay child support if you have a 50/50 parenting plan.
Why this myth is only half false, it is false nonetheless. The truth is, while some 50/50 parenting plans do not require that one of the parents pays child support, this is not always the case. In many cases, one parent makes much money than the other and therefore, child support is necessary in order for the children to be properly taken care of.
Myth #2: Child support transfer payments will take care of all of the necessary financial support that the kids require.
The transfer payment, for the most part, stands alone. This means that even with a lump sum going to the other parent, the paying parent may still have to contribute to payments for other expenses for the child such as the cost of health insurance, day care and more.
Myth #3: If the parenting plan is violated, the parents paying child support may be able to pay less.
While there are certain cases that can occur in which these circumstances may occur, it is not that common. In order for this myth to be true, the paying parent would have to go to court and request that the parenting plan be modified due to the amount of time the child is spending with them. However, for the most part, child support amounts will not change unless so directed by the court.
Myth #4: If a parent doesn’t pay child support, the other parent can prevent court ordered visitations from taking place.
While many people like to think that the parenting plan and child support are one in the same, they are actually completely separate entities. If one of the parents is not complying with a court order, the other parent can possibly gain relief from the court. This is why it is imperative that both parents do everything they can to abide by the guidelines set forth by the court.
Myth #5: Child support amounts are only based on how much money the parent makes.
If the parent is paid an annual salary, the child support amount is solely based off this amount. However, if a parent’s paycheck is made by salary and commission, as well as bonuses or any sort of incentives, the child support amount may take that into consideration as well.
If you need a lawyer to talk to you more in depth about child support and the potential amount you may be paying or receiving in the future, contact Pavithran Law Office today. We’re here to help!