This topic is still not final and is constantly updating. Emergency court procedures vary by county and is also changing. You can double check with you local court for the latest information or update.
CANNOT PAY CHILD SUPPORT DURING COVID CRISIS IN WASHINGTON
According to an interview conduct by Washington Law Help published here, you need to pay child support regardless of the crisis. While COVID-19 has truly affected us all, it doesn’t automatically changes your Child Support Order. Child Support is still dependent on a court order or administrative order. Child support is based on income of a parent over a period of time, thus, if during this time you are unable to pay, you need to request to Division of Child Support (DCS) to update your administrative order re your inability to make payments.
THE OTHER PARENT CANNOT PAY, WHAT SHOULD I DO
You’ve made your payments diligently for the child support, despite the COVID situation. Mustered enough strength to maximize all resources to pay it. But what if the other parent cannot or is unable to do so? You can simply file for a Motion to Contempt. If the Division of Child Support has the administrative order, you can for help to collect from the other parent.
I REALLY DON’T HAVE FUNDS TO PAY, WHAT SHOULD I DO
Be that as it may, when every source has really been maxed out, and you cannot pay your support, you can simply to go the Division of Child Support if it is an administrative order. Be open about your situation. If it is a Court Order, you can file to modify the order. The key is openness and honesty in this situation. Remember always that it is your child we are talking about here.
Being educated better on his or her rights is great. Soriano Law LLC continues to serve clients amidst the COVID-19 crisis. We are in Montesano (Grays Harbor County), but we also serve clients in Thurston County, Pacific County, Lewis County, Mason County, and Pierce County. You may reach out to us via phone at (360) 249-6174 and (360) 742-2817. You may also send email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via facebook / twitter at @SorianoLawLLC