Disabled Children And Child Support In Washington State
How disabled does a child need to be in order to require ongoing child support payments from a parent? Over the years, the court has ruled that disabled adults who cannot fully support themselves are eligible for ongoing support. That is, if a disabled adult is not employable directly because of their disability or cannot make a living wage through their employment, a support order may be necessary.
How is the amount of ongoing child support determined by Washington State? Many states have found that normal child support guidelines are not appropriate to apply to disability cases because the needs of an adult disabled person are very different and can vary widely – adults have different needs than children and the disabled have different needs than others.
If you are not sure whether or not you will need to provide support payments to your disabled child after the age of 18, or if you are seeking information on whether your former spouse is obligated to continue payments, speak with a Seattle child support attorney.
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