How long does a parent have to pay child support in Washington state?
Child support payments in Washington are not necessarily permanent. They may last only for a certain period and may not end at 18 years of age. For answers to your questions about how long a parent has to pay child support in Washington state, talk to a child custody attorney.
When do child support payments in Washington typically end?Normally, how long a parent has to pay child support in Washington state is until the child reaches 18 years of age, or graduates from high school. There are other extraordinary situations in which child support payments may end prematurely. For instance, if the child marries or dies, child support payments are effectively terminated.
Circumstances That Call for Extension of Child SupportIn a typical case, your child support payments will continue until the child reaches the age of 18. However, in some cases, you may have to pay child support even after the child turns 18 years of age. For instance, if the child suffers from a disability, and requires long-term attention or medical care, a court may order that child support payments continue even after the child turns 18 years of age.
Circumstances That Call for a Quicker Termination of Child Support PaymentsIf a child has not turned 18 years of age of age, but has gotten married, then s/he's not considered eligible for child support payments. You can easily and immediately stop child support payments legally. There are other circumstances that may make it difficult for you to pay child support payments. For instance if you lose your job, or have suffered any other kind of financial distress that make it difficult for you to continue to make child support payments, then you can ask the court to modify your child support order to lower these payments. Such modifications are not easy to get, however. You will have to provide the court with strong evidence that clearly establishes that you need lowering of child support because you are unable to make the same amount of payments.
Will my remarriage affect child support payments?When you remarry, it has no impact on the child support payments that you are required to make. If you have children from your new remarriage, it will not automatically lead to a modification of the child support obligations you have to the children from the earlier marriage. However, a court may consider your request to reduce child support payments, because you now have another family to take care of financially as well.