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.