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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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Thanks for the answer and the follow up.
Your answer does appear very helpful - so far. Whether thus WILL translate into meaningful help in my quest for a legal but fair adjudication of the issues involved (there having been no intentional underemployment/ income-loss though there WAS fall in income and job), remains to be seen - as I have had to come to learn of our judicial system.
The more relevant RCWs I can quote, the better I may end up being, and you have at least furnished me one.
I shall do as you suggested - I hope to have more questions for you in coming days. (May not be in Family Law, though).
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