I'm Doug, and I'm sorry to hear of the confusion. My goal is to provide you with excellent service today.
The WA court is not obligated to specifically abide by the child support guidelines
. They are only guidelines. However, there must be a reasonable basis to deviate from the guidelines.
In pertinent part, the WA Codes states:
Written findings of fact supported by the evidence: An order for child support shall be supported by written findings of fact upon reasons for any deviation from the standard calculation and reasons for denial of a party's request for deviation from the standard calculation. RCW 26.19.035(2).
All deviations that vary from the standard calculation must be accounted for by the judge in Written Findings.
And yes, while it would be a rare circumstance, I can envision an instance where a judge might order support in an amount far in excess of the guidelines. Keep in mind that the guidelines are based on income. If a paying parent is deliberately under employed or underemployed, the judge may impute income and base support levels on what the person could earn if they were willing to work. This is a rarity though that this happens.
And just because a person may lose their job does not mean that the court will immediately lower support. Something like this could result in support levels being close to actual income earned--especially if that income is zero, or just unemployment benefits.
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