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In Washington, simply purchasing items for your child does not typically count as a direct credit toward your child support obligations. Child support calculations are generally based on the financial resources and income of both parents rather than specific purchases made. Therefore, the court would have to pre-approve a purchase or gift to be substituted as child support.
If you have more questions, you can always reach out to a Spokane child support lawyer.
Child support in Washington is governed by state laws and guidelines that aim to provide a fair and reasonable framework for calculating child support payments. The primary goal of child support is to ensure that the child’s basic needs are met. The non-custodial parent, or the parent with whom the child does not primarily reside, typically makes child support payments to the custodial parent.
Child support is meant to cover the following:
Washington uses a standard calculation method to determine child support payments, taking into account the income of both parents, the number of children, and other relevant factors. The calculation is designed to ensure a consistent and equitable approach to child support.
Even though specific purchases might not directly offset child support payments, it is still essential to maintain records of expenses related to your child. Keeping detailed records can be useful for demonstrating your commitment to your child’s well-being and for potential negotiation with the other parent.
Here are some common ways child support can be paid in the state:
It is important to keep thorough records of all payments and communication in case any issues arise in the future.
If direct communication does not resolve the issue, you can reach out to the Washington State Division of Child Support (DCS). They are responsible for enforcing child support orders and can help you take appropriate legal steps. You can contact DCS to open a case and request assistance enforcing the child support order.
If your ex-spouse continues to refuse payment despite a court order, you can file a motion for contempt of court. This means your ex-spouse is not complying with a court order, and the court can take legal action to enforce the order, which might include penalties or even jail time. Washington has several enforcement methods in place to collect overdue child support. These methods include wage garnishment, intercepting tax refunds, suspending licenses (such as driver’s or professional licenses), and placing liens on property.