Seattle and Tacoma Child Support Modification

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Upon a divorce involving children or a finding of paternity, the Washington family courts will issue a custody and parenting plan order. This parenting plan will set out specific guidelines for many parenting issues, including the residential schedules of the child. You must return to court if you wish to modify this plan in the future, and you must follow certain procedures and meet certain requirements to do so.

If you wish to seek a modification of a parenting plan or child custodial decree, it is always important to have the assistance of a child custody attorney who has experience in this type of case. If you are in the Seattle or Tacoma areas, please do not hesitate to call the Dickson Frohlich at (206) 621-1110 or (253) 572-1000 for a free 15-minute phone consultation to discuss your case.

Substantial change in circumstances

In order for a court to approve a child custody modification, Washington law requires a finding by the court that there has been a substantial change in circumstances that warrants the modified order. Examples of substantial changes in circumstances may include:

  • The parents’ agreement that a modification is warranted.
  • A sudden detriment to the child’s physical, mental, or emotional health or well-being in the present environment
  • The custodial parent has allowed the child to reside mostly with the non-custodial parent
  • The court has held the nonmoving parent in contempt of court at least two times in the past three years for refusal to comply with the original custodial order or parenting plan

Best interests of the child

In addition to finding there has been a substantial change in circumstances, state law requires a court to find that the custody modification will be in the best interests of the child. The court may consider numerous factors in determining the best interests of the child, including:

  • The age of the child
  • The wishes of the child
  • Any history of domestic abuse from either parent
  • The relationships with each parent
  • The importance of the child’s current community, school, and residence
  • Any special needs of the child and the ability of each parent to meet them

These are only a few factors the court may consider. As you can see, modifying a child custody order or parenting plan is not a simple undertaking. In order to ensure you receive the results that are best for your and your child, you should call the Dickson Frohlich for assistance at (206) 621-1110 or (253) 572-1000 today.

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    Thomas L. Dickson

    Tom is an experienced litigator and the founding partner of the Dickson Frohlich. For over 30 years, he’s helped clients prevail in their real estate, construction, and business law matters.

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    The core of Rob’s legal practice is civil litigation, with an emphasis on construction, real estate, and business law. He represents a wide range of clients, from large construction companies to individual homeowners.

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    Mark’s legal practice focuses on civil litigation, real estate law, business law and family law. He works tirelessly to help his clients achieve the outcome they are looking for.

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    Dan’s legal practice focuses on civil litigation, real estate law, business law and probate law. He has more than 10 years of experience as an attorney serving clients throughout Western Washington.

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    As an associate at Dickson Frohlich, Chris practices in a wide range of areas, including business law, real estate law, civil litigation, and intellectual property law.

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    As an associate at Dickson Frohlich, Daniel is active in the firm’s civil litigation department. His practice is mainly centered around real estate law, landlord-tenant law, construction law, and probate law.

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