There is a permanent parenting plan for the child in question but no child support order.
I am the custodial parent according to the plan.
I make significantly more then the other parent.
The other parent is conically under-employed, working part time at minimum wage despite having a college degree.
I pay for the insurance and all medical/educational/extracurricular bills.
We exchange the child weekly, although I usually pick up a few extra days a month.
We both live in the same school district.
Child support typically goes from the parent with more income to the household with less income. Parents who are chronically underemployed frequently get their income imputed, which is always higher than they want to be obligated for, but less than they actually could earn.
If the incomes of both households are roughly equal and the child truly spends about 50% of her time with each parent, and the child is not suffering because one parent will not buy her a coat or turn on the heat, then a support order could require each parent to pay the other the same amount. Which is somewhat superfluous.
You can ask DCS or the prosecutor to help you with a support order. Just know that you could wind up paying child support to the other parent. Elizabeth Powell
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You have a unique situation in that you have primary placement of the child and also make more money. When you do the worksheets they indicate a percentage each parent is to pay for the support of the child. Assume, for the sake of discussion, that the split is 70% to you and 30% to the other parent. You would then use a formula for the extraordinary amount of time the non-residential parent has with the child and that division will be the amount of support to be paid by that parent.
It can be complicated and it may be that there is little or no support owed. I suggest you have an experienced lawyer look at the Worksheets to determine the correct amount of support.
The allegation that the other parent is chronically underemployed would have to be proven as well as the fact that there is a job available for that parent. However, if the parent is working full time, especially if it is at a job he has worked at for a long time, I would not count on any imputation of income for that parent.
Child support can be required even when the parents follow a 50/50 parenting arrangement. Child support can be required to be paid by the primary parent even in cases where the children reside with the non-primary parent during the summer. The issue is whether a parent can support the children when in his or her care. This reality having been mentioned, you should consult with a family law attorney to discuss your particular facts to see if a transfer payment is likely and what it might be. If you go to the Washington Court Forms website and go to the child support worksheets you can determine the support figures.
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