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Limits on child support payments under Washington law-Part II

Washington laws place some limits on the amount of child support that a parent needs to pay. The laws also specify these exceptions and a previous blog post discussed that. In this post, we will explain the presumptive minimum support obligations for parents whose net income is below 125 percent of the federal poverty guideline.

Joint custody arrangements may make children happier

Throughout the United States, including in Washington, many children grow up in single parent households. Recently, a study was conducted in an attempt to understand the effect of child custody arrangements on the mental health of adolescent children.

Why the divorce rate among the poor is steady for three decades

Washington residents may not know that according to recent statistics, divorce rates among Americans have dropped over the past few decades. The divorce rates among highly educated married couples married seven years has almost been cut in half since 1980s. Unfortunately, this drop has not occurred among couples in lower income groups. The divorce rates among the poor have remained almost constant since the 1980s.

The U.S. Supreme Court's stand on same-sex marriages

The United States Supreme Court is currently debating the issue of whether same-sex marriages should be allowed across the United States. The state of Washington, as well as 36 other states, including Washington D.C., have already permitted gay marriages, going back as far as 2012. Currently, 13 states in the United States do not recognize same-sex marriage under their respective laws. If a Supreme Court ruling permits same-sex marriage across the nation, the states will lose their right to regulate their respective marriage laws.

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