The Burke Law Group, PLLC
Old City Hall Building
221 N. Wall St., Suite 624
Spokane, WA 99201

Main Office: (509) 466-7770
Collaborative Law: (509) 999-6747

Child Support

Child support is based on either actual or imputed income of the parents. Sometimes parents are underemployed, going to school or on disability. These situations affect how the court calculates child support. Child support is determined by law and the judge usually does not have a lot of discretion in making an order. Our office uses a computer program which, based on the incomes of the parents and other information, makes the calculation easier than using the charts available at the courthouse. The client supplies us with the pay information and we supply the court with pay information and worksheets showing what we think support should be.

There are a number of possible reasons to deviate from the statutory "standard calculation," but certain requirements must be met and the household receiving the child support must not be put into financial jeopardy. A few of the more common court accepted deviations are due to both parents having approximately equal residential time, blended families with multiple child support obligations, and the special needs of the child/children. Since these deviations are court defined, you need to discuss the facts of your situation with an attorney to see if a deviation might be possible.

Child support may be changed if the circumstances change, after a period of time passes or the child/children are older. Remarrying in and of itself does not change support. Changing support is not automatic; a motion or other court action is necessary.

If the parties have children under 18 years old, still in high school or otherwise considered a dependent (child is disabled) child support may be ordered. If the child/children want to go to college there may be some provision for that event and a separate court action taken.

Meet Our Attorneys

Dena Allen

Principal / Member of the Firm, practicing in Family Law Litigation, Collaborative Law Divorce, Cooperative Divorce, Adoptions, Estate Planning, and Probate

John Burke

Of Counsel, practicing in Collaborative Law for Divorce, Uncontested Divorce and Estate Planning. On medical leave.

Matthew Fischer

Principal / Managing Member of the Firm, practicing in all areas of Family Law Litigation, Divorce and Uncontested Divorce. Also serves as a Spokane County Superior Court Pro Tem Commissioner

Cathy Helman

Associate Attorney, practicing in Appeals, Probate, Estate Planning, Family Law, and Bankruptcy. Also is an Administrative Law Judge Pro Tem with the Washington State Office of Administrative Hearings.

Joseph Linehan

Of Counsel, practicing in Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) appeals, Family Law Litigation, Divorce, and Dependency. Also serves as a Spokane County Superior Court Pro Tem Commissioner

Robin Schmahl

Senior Associate Attorney, practicing in Family Law Litigation, Uncontested Divorce, Estate Planning, Probate, and Guardianship

Rhylee Smith

Associate Attorney, admitted to practice in Washington and Idaho, practicing in all aspects of Family Law, Divorce, Child Custody and Support, and Modifications to Existing Orders

Kenneth Zigler, Jr.

Of Counsel, practicing in Family Law Litigation, Divorce, Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) and SSI benefits, and Lawsuits and Disputes including Personal Injury

Joanna Stranger

Rule 9 Intern, practicing in Family Law and Divorce