Status Summary

First reading, referred to Civil Rights & Judiciary on 2.6.19. Public hearing in the House Committee on Civil Rights & Judiciary on 2.19.19. Executive action taken in the House Committee on Civil Rights & Judiciary on 2.22.19; 1st substitute bill passed and referred to Rules 2 Review. Placed on second reading by Rules Committee on 2.28.19. 1st substitute bill substituted; rules suspended, passed on third reading on 3.1.19. In the Senate: First reading, referred to Law & Justice on 3.5.19. Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Law & Justice on 3.25.19. Executive action taken in the Senate Committee on Law & Justice on 3.28.19; majority pass and refer to Ways & Means. Referred to Ways & Means on 3.29.19. Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means on 4.3.19. Executive action taken in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means on 4.5.19; Majority do pass. Passed to Rules Committee for second reading on 4.8.19. Placed on second reading by Rules Committee on 4.11.19. Rules suspended. Placed and passed on Third Reading on 4.13.19. In the House: Speaker signed on 4.18.19. In the Senate: President signed on 4.25.19. Other than legislative action: Delivered to Governor on 4.26.19. (updated 5.3.19)

Legislative Session

2019

Status

In Progress

Sponsor

Kilduff

This act intends to progress the delivery of child support services to families by amending RCW 26.19.025 to reflect that the Division of Child Support must prepare a Child Support Review Report for the use of each quadrennial work group. The report must be used in the review of the child support guidelines to ensure that deviations from the guidelines are limited. The data considered by the workgroup must include:

  • Economic data on the cost of raising children, labor market data, factors that influence employment rates; and
  • Case data on the application of, and deviations from, the child support guidelines.

Part II of this act amends RCW 26.09.170 to remove the ability of an order of child support to be modified 1 year or more after it has been entered on the basis of a party requesting an adjustment for an order that was based on guidelines which determined the amount of support according to the child’s age.

Furthermore, DSHS may file an action to modify or adjust an order of child support if public assistance money is being paid to or for the benefit of the child, and the Department has determined that the child support order is at least 15% above or below the appropriate child support amount set forth, a change from a previous 25% requirement.

Subsections (8)(c) & (d) are added to state that if incarceration of the obligor is the basis for the difference between the existing child support order amount and the proposed amount of support determined as a result of a review, DSHS may file an action to modify or adjust an order of child support.

Amendments:

Updated on 4.12.19:

1st substitute:

  • Some of the new language was amended in the substitute to strike terms such as "custodial," "noncustodial," and "obligor" and refer instead to "parent who is obligated to pay support" or simply "parents" where appropriate.
  • An apostrophe is added to clarify that the policies and amounts are contained in the guidelines.