Washington

Child support

Legal Information

Family

In this section of Washington LawHelp you will find general information and self-help packets about child support in Washington state.

  • How Can I Collect Child Support?

    3812EN - This publication provides information on how the Division of Child Support (DCS), whose services are free, can help you set and collect child support. There is a locator service to help find parents who owe support. DCS can help you set child support even if the other parent of your children does not live in the state. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
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    Spanish / Español
  • Understanding the WA State Child Support Schedule and How Child Support is Set in Washington

    3816EN - The legal information in this publication is designed to give you a basic understanding of the laws that govern the setting of child support in Washington State by reviewing key parts of the Washington State Child Support Schedule; relevant statutes (R.C.W's) and court cases are footnoted. This information is presented in the form of frequently asked questions, followed by answers to those questions. Includes a copy of the WA State Child Support Schedule. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • How to Ask DCS to Review Your Child Support Order for Modification

    3821EN - If you have a child support order that DCS is enforcing, you have a few options for getting it modified. This packet explains how to ask DCS to review your order to see if modification is appropriate in your case. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Do You Owe Child Support?

    3810EN - This publication provides general information about how child support is set and your obligation to pay child support. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
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    Spanish / Español
  • Video - Child Support Hearing

    Video demonstration of a Child Support hearing at the Office of Administrative Hearings. Read More

    By:
    Office of Administrative Hearings
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    Spanish / Español
  • Changing Your Child Support Court Order

    3814EN - This publication can give you a basic understanding of the laws that apply to changing a Washington State Child Support court order or responding to a proposed change. This information is presented as a list of frequently asked questions. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Child Support Calculator for WA State

    The calculator will help you create a set of Washington State Child Support Schedule Worksheets. Worksheets are required when you are involved in the entry of a child support order. Read More

    By:
    Department of Social and Health Services
  • Child Support Conference Boards

    A Conference Board is a way to resolve disputes about how the Division of Child Support (DCS) works your case. Read More

    By:
    Department of Social and Health Services
  • Filing a Petition to Modify Your Child Support Court Order

    3224EN - This packet is intended to help you fill out and file the forms and papers you need for a Petition for Modification of a Washington State Child Support Court Order. However, before you use this packet, and assuming you have concluded that filing a petition for modification of child support is what you want to do, you should check with your county's Family Law Facilitator or Court Clerk to see if your county has its own Petition for Modification of a Child Support order packet: a local packet may be easier for you to use because it will include the rules and forms for that county. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Filing a Motion for Adjustment of a Child Support Court Order

    3221EN - This packet is intended to help you fill out and file the forms and papers you need for a Motion for Adjustment of a Child Support Order. However, before you use this packet, and assuming you have concluded that filing a motion for adjustment is what you want to do, you should check with your county's Family Law Facilitator or Court Clerk to see if your county has its own Motion for Adjustment packet: a local packet may be easier for you to use because it will include the rules and forms for that county. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Responding to a Motion for Adjustment of Your Child Support Court Order

    3223EN - You should use this packet if you have received papers that ask the court to adjust (change) your child support court order by motion in superior court. This packet will help you to file your own response to the motion for adjustment of support, to ask the court for what you want, and to prepare for your hearing. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Responding to a Petition for Modification of Your Child Support Court Order

    3228EN - This packet is intended to help you fill out and file the forms and papers you need to respond to a Petition for Modification of a child support court order in superior court. If you read the information carefully and follow the instructions, you may be able to respond to the support modification on your own. You should not use this packet if you are served with a petition to modify an administrative child support order. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • What to do About a License Suspension Notice from Division of Child Support

    3809EN - The Division of Child Support (DCS) may suspend licenses of parents who are behind in their child support payments. The law allows DCS to suspend any license issued by the State of Washington, including drivers' licenses, hunting licenses, fishing licenses, professional licenses and contractor or occupational licenses. This publication explains your rights and obligations under the law. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
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    Spanish / Español
  • Finishing a Modification of Your Child Support Court Order

    3229EN - This packet is designed to help you finish a modification of your Washington State Child Support court order. You can use this packet only if you already have a child support modification case that has been filed in court. You may use this packet whether you filed a modification or responded to one. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • Tips on Getting Your Paperwork Ready So You Can Get Help with Your Family Law Case

    3130EN - Be ready for an appointment with someone who's going to help you with your family law case. That someone might be: an attorney; a family law facilitator; an advocate at your local Domestic Violence shelter; or a CLEAR advocate who is going over forms with you by phone. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project