The Washington State Child Support Schedule: Judicial Discretion and Deviations From the Standard Calculation

Peter H. Knickerson, The Washington State Child Support Schedule: Judicial Discretion and Deviations From the Standard Calculation, 26 Gonz. L. Rev. 71 (1990).

 

In 1988, Washington courts began using a new child support schedule to determine the amount of money parents must contribute for the care of their  hildren upon dissolution of marriage. Adoption of the schedule has not been without problems. Perhaps the most serious of these has been the lack of understanding regarding the use of judicial discretion in determining final child support orders. The purpose of this article is to provide some guidance in this area. Included is a description of the circumstances that might be grounds for judicial discretion and deviation from the new schedule’s standard calculation of child support. The article also describes the factors and circumstances where judicial discretion and deviations from the standard calculation are inappropriate. . .

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