Washington child support guidelines are based on the Child Support Worksheets for calculating child support. The monthly support amount determined by applying the guidelines is divided proportionally according to each parent’s income. The terms of child support and visitation are designed for the child’s benefit and not the parents’ benefit. You must pay support even if you are not receiving visitation. You must comply with visitation orders even if you are not receiving child support. Violation of child support orders and visitation orders is punishable by fine, imprisonment or other penalties.

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