Washington parents are obligated to financially support their children until the children turn 18, without regard to the marital status of the mother and father. When the parents split or when one parent fails to pay child support, the court can create an order that instructs the non-custodial parent to make monthly payments or face penalties.
A child support order identifies the parent who pays the support and the parent who receives the support. It also outlines the amount and frequency of the payments and shows how the payments are to be made, such as through direct deposit or payroll deductions. The order will also state what will happen if the payments are not made, such as fines, license revocation or wage garnishment.