Tea Party favorite Representative Joe Walsh recently settled a child support lawsuit with his ex-wife.  Under the terms of the settlement, the two agreed to confirm that the Representative was never a deadbeat dad.

Joe Walsh and his wife Laura were married between 1997 and 2004, and finalized their divorce in 2006.  The lawsuit had been filed in 2010 by Laura Walsh, who insisted that her husband owed her more than $117,000 in child support back payments.  She filed a lawsuit against her ex-husband, claiming payments.  According to Walsh, in recent years, his income levels decreased while his wife began making more money, and therefore, he was under the impression that he did not have to pay her any child support.

The lawsuit threatened to derail Walsh’s election campaign.  He is coming up against Democrat Tammy Duckworth, who has made no bones of the fact that she considers him an irresponsible father.  The Democratic opponent is likely to use the state of his finances to boost her election campaign.

Rep. Walsh recently held a press conference in which he insisted that his wife and he had reached an amicable settlement.  The details of the settlement have not been disclosed.

In Washington State, child support payments are calculated based on a standard calculator.  Your payments will depend on the number of children involved, the net income of the noncustodial parent, monthly cost of family group health insurance paid by the noncustodial parent as well as the custodial parent, net monthly income of the custodial parent, monthly alimony payments made by the custodial parent to an ex-spouse from a previous relationship, and monthly daycare costs paid by the custodial parent.

If you are a parent in Seattle Washington, and have questions about child support and other divorce-related issues, speak with an experienced Seattle child support lawyer at our firm. 

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