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Friday, May 22, 2009

Changes to Washington Child Support Law

Governor Gregoire just signed a new law changing how we calculate Child Support in the State of Washington. This is the first update to the Child Support Schedules in years. The new changes will go into effect October 1, 2009.

Some of the changes to the child support calculations are as follows:

  • The Child Support Schedules start at combined net income of $1,000 instead of $600.

  • The Child Support Schedules continue to a combined net income of $12,000, instead of stopping at $5,000 (presumtive) and $7,000 (advisory).
  • Some overtime and 2nd job income can be excluded from income.
  • The deduction for retirement contributions from gross income is increased from $2,000 to $5,000 per year.
  • The method of determining income to be imputed to a parent when records are lacking has been expanded in a heirarchy.
  • Health care costs (to be shared) have been defined.
  • The minimum support payment has been increased from $25 per child per month to $50 per child per month.

This could have a significant effect on many Child Support Orders, increasing the amounts that will be due in the State of Washington. If you would like to have your child support order reviewed to determine the amount of child support under the new laws, please call our office.

The Renton law firm of Mogren, Glessner & Roti, represents clients in a variety of family law cases, including the determination of Child Support and Child Support Modification actions. Please visit our web page at for more information.


  1. Do you practice in Island County?

  2. I have read all the changes and it is really a great thing that the new law has been passed which will support the child in each and every form.
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