SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES
(Economic Services Administration)
[Filed January 28, 2020, 12:32 p.m., effective February 28, 2020]
Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.
Purpose: Sections 2 and 3 of ESHB 1916 (chapter 275, Laws of 2019), which took effect on July 28, 2019, amended the criteria used by the division of child support (DCS) for modification or adjustment of child support orders in RCW 26.09.170
. This change potentially allows more families to benefit from modification of their child support orders by reducing the requirement that the child support amount change as a result of the review by twenty-five percent to fifteen percent. Another change, adopted due to federal requirements, provides that incarceration of the noncustodial parent in and of itself can serve as a reason for modification review of the child support order at any time, without a showing of a substantial change in circumstances or a fifteen percent change in the order amount.
Citation of Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 388-14A-3903.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: Sections 2 and 3 of ESHB 1916 (chapter 275, Laws of 2019), which took effect on July 28, 2019, and amended RCW 26.09.170
(9), and 74.20A.310
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 20-01-045 on December 9, 2019.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at the Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: January 28, 2020.
Katherine I. Vasquez
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 01-03-089, filed 1/17/01, effective 2/17/01)
WAC 388-14A-3903How does DCS decide whether to petition for modification of a support order?
(1) The division of child support (DCS) petitions to modify a support order when DCS finds during the review that each of the following conditions are present:
(a) The proposed change in child support based on the Washington state child support schedule:
(i) Is at least ((twenty-five))fifteen percent above or below the current support obligation;
(ii) Is at least one hundred dollars per month above or below the current support obligation; and
(iii) Is at least a two thousand four hundred dollar change over the remaining life of the support order; or
(iv) Will provide enough income to:
(A) Make the family ineligible for public assistance if the noncustodial parent (NCP) pays the full amount due under the proposed order; or
(B) Allow a family, otherwise eligible for public assistance, to remain off of assistance.
(b) The case meets the legal requirements for modification under RCW 26.09.170
, or WAC 388-14A-3925.
(2) DCS may petition to modify the order without regard to subsection (1)(a)(i) of this section if the reason DCS reviewed the order is the noncustodial parent's incarceration.
(3) DCS may petition to modify the order without regard to subsection (1)(a) of this section when:
(a) The order does not require the NCP to provide health insurance coverage for the children; and
(b) Health insurance coverage is available through the NCP's employer or union at a reasonable cost; or
(c) Both parties agree to an order modifying the support amount.