My question involves child support in the State of: Washington
Here's minimal history: Court denied DH downward deviation (residential credit---even though he shares 50/50 residential and legal custody---DH is designated custodial parent in even years). The court found DH's household to be in a financial hardship (DH was on L&I receiving less in wages for the past consecutive 9 mo.), yet raised DH's monthly child support. DH pays BM the max amount and as if he doesn't have his son. BM's household made over $100,000 in 2009, made $94,000 in 2008, while DH's household made approx. $44,000 in 2009 and $36,000 in 2008. DH asked for a reconsideration on a commissioner's order, which was denied. BM argued that if DH received residential credit than her household would suffer financially---which is bull after viewing her financial statements---and which the courts disregarded too. She also argued that DH already requested residential credit in previous order in 2007 and was denied---BM argues DH should never be allowed to ask for a residential credit again based on his previous denial. Previous request in 2007 DH was denied based on the fact his attorney asked for one to late, and OC made unsubstantiated claims BM's household was in financial hardship (no state assistance though)---yet recently when DH requested BM's bank statements it shows BM was lying in 2007 about a financial hardship. DH's CS went from $98/mo. to $550/mo---and just recently to $680/mo. DH can't afford to care for his child during his parenting time, yet the court doesn't seem to care. DH's dad had to help by loaning DH money to pay for bills---and BM wanted the court to use that money to be calculated as DH's income.
Can we ever fix this problem? Why do the courts not mandate residential credits? BM does not provide for her child during dad's parenting time---yet benefits from dad's portion $550 and her portion of $425 when she has her child only 1/2 the time.