Form FL Modify501 "Petition to Modify Child Support Order" - Washington

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Download Form FL Modify501 "Petition to Modify Child Support Order" - Washington

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Superior Court of Washington, County of
In re:
Petitioner/s (see * below):
No.
Petition to Modify Child Support Order
(PTMD)
And Respondent/s (other party/parties):
* If you’re filing this Petition in:
 the same case number as the current Child Support Order, the person who is listed as the Petitioner in the
current order will stay Petitioner, even if s/he is not the person asking to modify the order now.
 a different case number or county from where the current Child Support Order was filed, the person asking to
modify the order may be the Petitioner.
To modify a Child Support Order from a sealed Parentage case, contact the Superior Court Clerk’s office about who
to list as Petitioner and if there is a new case number.
Petition to Modify Child Support Order
1.
My name is:
. I ask the court to modify a
Child Support Order. I am filing and serving proposed Child Support Schedule
Worksheets at the same time as this Petition.
Important! Check your county’s Local Court Rules for other forms and information that must be filed.
2.
Correct County (Venue)
This is the correct county for this case to be heard because:
 the children live in this county,
 the person who has the care, custody, or control of the children lives in this county,
 the current Child Support Order was issued in this county, or
 The current child support order was issued in another state and
the children and the person who has the care, custody or control of the
children do not live in Washington or the issuing state; and
the Respondent lives in this county.
RCW 26.09.170; .175
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Superior Court of Washington, County of
In re:
Petitioner/s (see * below):
No.
Petition to Modify Child Support Order
(PTMD)
And Respondent/s (other party/parties):
* If you’re filing this Petition in:
 the same case number as the current Child Support Order, the person who is listed as the Petitioner in the
current order will stay Petitioner, even if s/he is not the person asking to modify the order now.
 a different case number or county from where the current Child Support Order was filed, the person asking to
modify the order may be the Petitioner.
To modify a Child Support Order from a sealed Parentage case, contact the Superior Court Clerk’s office about who
to list as Petitioner and if there is a new case number.
Petition to Modify Child Support Order
1.
My name is:
. I ask the court to modify a
Child Support Order. I am filing and serving proposed Child Support Schedule
Worksheets at the same time as this Petition.
Important! Check your county’s Local Court Rules for other forms and information that must be filed.
2.
Correct County (Venue)
This is the correct county for this case to be heard because:
 the children live in this county,
 the person who has the care, custody, or control of the children lives in this county,
 the current Child Support Order was issued in this county, or
 The current child support order was issued in another state and
the children and the person who has the care, custody or control of the
children do not live in Washington or the issuing state; and
the Respondent lives in this county.
RCW 26.09.170; .175
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Child Support Order
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The children live in (county):
, (state):
.
The Petitioner (name):
lives in
(county):
, (state):
.
The Respondent (name):
lives in
(county):
, (state):
.
3.
Jurisdiction to modify order
The court has authority to modify the current Child Support Order because it was issued
by a (check one):
[ ] Washington state court.
[ ] Different state or jurisdiction, but has been registered in a Washington state court and
(check one):
[ ] All parties in Washington now:
 All the parties to the current order (other than a State party) now live in this
state; and
 The children do not live in the state or jurisdiction where the order was issued.
[ ] No one left in issuing state:
 None of the children or parties to the current order (other than a State party)
live in the state or jurisdiction where the order was issued;
 The person asking to modify the order (Petitioner) lives outside of Washington;
and
 Washington has personal jurisdiction over the Respondent because s/he
(check all that apply):
[ ] lives in this state now.
[ ] will be personally served in this state with a Summons and Petition for this
case.
[ ] lived in this state with the children.
[ ] lived in this state and paid for pregnancy costs or support for the children.
[ ] did or said something that caused the children to live in this state.
[ ] had sex in this state, which may have produced the children.
[ ] signed an agreement to join this Petition or other document agreeing that
the court can decide his or her rights in this case.
[ ] other (specify):
[ ] Parties have consented:
 At least one child or party to the current order lives in Washington state now; and
 Each party to the current order (other than a State party) has filed a consent
with the court that issued the current order agreeing that a Washington court
may modify the order and take continuing, exclusive jurisdiction.
4.
Is the state filing this Petition?
(Check one):
[ ] No. This Petition is filed by a parent or non-parent custodian.
[ ] Yes. The state Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) is filing this Petition
because (check all that apply):
RCW 26.09.170; .175
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[ ] the children receive public assistance.
[ ] the children do not receive public assistance, but one of the parties asked DSHS to
review the order and DSHS decided the order should be modified.
[ ] another state or jurisdiction asked for this modification.
5.
Current Child Support Order
The Child Support Order I want to modify was signed by the court on (date):
in (county):
, (state):
.
That order says (name):
must pay
(amount): $
each month for (children’s names):
.
Important! Attach or file a certified copy of the current child support order that you want to change if it was
issued in a different county or state.
6.
Should the court modify the monthly child support amount?
[ ] No.
[ ] Yes. I ask the court to order child support based on Washington state law. The
monthly child support amount should be changed now because
(check all that apply):
[ ] Agreement – The parties agree to the changes.
[ ] 1 year or more has passed – The current order was signed at least one year ago
and (check all that apply):
[ ] the current order causes severe financial hardship for me or the children.
[ ] I want to add a Periodic Adjustment provision according to RCW 26.09.100.
[ ] A child is still in high school and there is a need to extend support beyond the
18th birthday to complete high school.
[ ] 2 years or more have passed – The current order was signed at least two full
years (24 months) ago and (check all that apply):
[ ] the parents’ income has changed.
[ ] the economic table or standards in RCW 26.19 have changed.
(Note – You may be able to use a Motion to Adjust Child Support Order (form FL Modify 521) instead
of this Petition if 24 months have passed and the only reasons for your requests are that the parents’
income has changed, or the economic table or standards have changed.)
[ ] Default or Past Agreement – The current order was issued by default or
agreement, without the court independently examining the evidence to decide a
reasonable amount of support according to the law.
[ ] Change of Circumstances – There has been a substantial change in
circumstances since the current order was signed. (Describe):
RCW 26.09.170; .175
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7.
Should the court modify the end date for child support?
[ ] No.
[ ] Yes. The end date should be modified because (check all that apply):
[ ] Agreement – The parties agree to the changes.
[ ] Finish High School – The current order was signed at least one year ago. (Child’s
name):
will still be in high school when
s/he turns 18 and will need support until s/he finishes high school. I ask the court
th
to order child support for this child to continue past his/her 18
birthday until he/she
finishes high school.
[ ] Dependent Adult Child – The current order says support must be paid for each
child until the child turns 18 or is no longer enrolled in high school, whichever
happens last. Support should continue past this time for (child’s name):
because this child will be unable to support
him/herself and will remain dependent past the age of 18. This child’s situation
has changed substantially since the current order was signed. (Describe):
Support for this child should continue until (check one):
[ ] this child is able to support him/herself and is no longer dependent on the
parents.
[ ] other:
[ ] Default or Past Agreement – The current order was issued by default or
agreement, without the court independently examining the evidence to decide a
reasonable end date for support according to the law.
8.
Should the court modify post-secondary educational support?
[ ] No.
[ ] Yes. Issue was reserved – The current order allows a parent or non-parent
custodian to ask the court for post-secondary support at a later date without showing a
substantial change of circumstances. I ask the court to order the parents to pay post-
secondary support, and to set a specific post-secondary support amount or percentage
of expenses for (Children’s names):
.
These children depend on the parents for the reasonable necessities of life and will be
ready to start a college or vocational program around (month/year):
.
[ ] Yes. Support was granted, need to set an amount – The current order says the
parents must pay for the children’s post-secondary support, but did not set a payment
amount or percentage. I ask the court to order a specific post-secondary support
amount or percentage of expenses for (children’s names):
RCW 26.09.170; .175
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who will be ready to start a college or
vocational program around (month/year):
.
[ ] Yes. Modify – I ask the court to (check all that apply):
[ ] Require – The current order says post-secondary support is not required. I ask
the court to change the order so that post-secondary support is required for
(Children’s names):
.
These children depend on the parents for the reasonable necessities of life and
need support for college or vocational school.
[ ] Cancel – The current order says the parents must pay for the children’s post-
secondary (college or vocational school) support. I ask the court to change the
order so that post-secondary support is no longer required.
[ ] Change Amount – The current order requires the parents to pay a specific amount
or percentage of expenses for the children’s post-secondary (college or vocational
school) support. I ask the court to change the amount or percentage.
These changes should be made because (check all that apply):
[ ] Agreement – The parties agree to the changes.
[ ] Default or Past Agreement – The current order was issued by default or
agreement, without the court independently examining the evidence to decide
these issues.
[ ] Change of Circumstances – There has been a substantial change in
circumstances since the current order was signed. (Describe):
9.
Should the court modify payment for children’s expenses or tax issues?
[ ] No.
[ ] Yes. I ask the court to order or change (check all that apply):
[ ] day care expenses.
[ ] educational expenses.
[ ] long-distance transportation expenses.
[ ] other expenses.
[ ] tax issues. Order that parties have the right to claim the children as their
dependents for purposes of personal tax exemptions and associated tax credits
on their tax forms in this way (specify):
Important! Although the personal tax exemptions are currently suspended under federal law
through tax year 2025, other tax benefits may flow from claiming a child as dependent.
These changes should be made because (check all that apply):
[ ] Agreement – The parties agree to the changes.
RCW 26.09.170; .175
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Child Support Order
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