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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

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    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 - This publication will help you understand Washington State’s child support laws. We go over key parts of the state Child Support Schedule. (A copy of the schedule and its instructions are attached to this publication.) We have footnoted important state laws (RCWs) and court cases. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Asking 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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Child Support Quick Estimator and Calculator for WA State

    Figure out a quick estimate or use the calculator to 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
  • Collecting Support after High School

    3818EN - This publication contains information on when and how to change your child support order to include post secondary educational support making one or both parents responsible to pay for the child's educational expenses beyond high school. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
  • 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 will help you fill out the paperwork to ask the judge to change the amount of your child support. If you provide enough evidence to support a change, the judge will issue a new Child Support 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 to Adjust a Child Support Order

    3221EN - This packet will help you ask the court to change the child support amount. If you make this motion and give the court enough evidence to support a change, the judge will grant the motion and issue an Order on Motion to Adjust Child Support Order. You may only file this motion in limited cases. Read the instructions carefully to determine if this is the right packet for you. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Responding to a Motion to Adjust Your Child Support Court Order

    3223EN - Use this packet only if you have gotten papers asking the court to adjust (change) your child support court order by motion in superior court. This packet will help you file your response to the motion for adjustment, ask the court for what you want, and prepare for your hearing. Read More

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    Northwest Justice Project
  • Responding to a Petition to Modify Your Child Support Court Order

    3228EN - This packet will help you fill out and file the forms and papers you need to respond to a Petition to Modify Child Support Order.Do not use this packet if you are served with a petition to modify an administrative child support order. If you are served with a petition asking a Washington Court to modify a support order from another state, talk to a lawyer before using this packet. This packet does not discuss any issues with a support order from another state. 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
  • Finalizing a Modification of Your Child Support Court Order

    3229EN - This packet will help you finalize a petition to modify your Washington State child support court order. Use this packet only if you or the other party has already filed a Petition to Modify Child Support Order. You can use this packet whether you filed or responded to the petition. Read More

    By:
    Northwest Justice Project
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