Child Custody and Support

Child custody disputes are arguably the most intense and complicated area of family law. Washington state courts order what is known as a Parenting Plan to address the minor child’s residential schedule. Washington law requires the Parenting Plan be in the child’s best interests – meaning the arrangements made regarding custody must ensure that the child’s emotional and physical needs are put at the forefront, before the parents' interests. It is imperative for parents to understand that you and the other parent are now business partners - you are in the business of raising your child.

A knowledgeable family law attorney can assist you in sorting out which parent should be the custodian, if a 50/50 plan is best, and can provide guidance on child support payments and visitation schedules. Several important provisions are contained within a Parenting Plan, including: residential schedule, holiday and summer schedules, transportation arrangements, decision making, relocation terms, and dispute resolution. It is important to have a child custody attorney assist with your custody matter because the process can be frustrating and confusing, especially when your time with your children is at stake. Our office will ensure your case is well-documented and afford you the best opportunity for a successful outcome.

When you think about child support, consider how your child will benefit by receiving it – even if you think a large portion of the support is being spent on the other parent and not just the child. The Washington Legislature sets the standards for child support payments. It is based on the actual or imputed income of both parents and the number of children. The Child Support Order also contains several important provisions, including: payments of medical insurance, uninsured medical costs, educational costs, and tax issues.