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Washington Child Support Laws | Revised Code of Washington Title 26, Chapter 26:18

In the State of Washington, judges and child support authorities award child support by using the guidelines found in the Revised Code of Washington Title 26, Chapter 26:18. This calculation is made after factoring in various aspects such as how much, and how regularly, income each parent makes, how much time they can spend with each child, if the child has any individual health care or educational costs, what lifestyle the children were used to prior to the divorce or separation of the parents etc. Other factors also include childcare and educational expenses, mandatory health insurance coverage, traveling costs, maintenance costs etc. These aspects, alongside any individual factors that may be attached to a specific set of parents, are taken into account by judges and authorities when they create or change child support orders. Different enforcement mechanisms such as liens or wage garnishments can be used by the DCS in Washington, in order to extract child support payment from a parent who has not been paying their share.

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