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PDFWAC 388-14A-5400

How does the division of child support tell the custodial parent when DCS adjusts the amount of debt owed on the case?

(1) The division of child support (DCS) mails a debt adjustment notice to the payee under a child support order within thirty days of the date DCS reduces the amount of the support debt it intends to collect if that reduction was due to:
(a) A mathematical error in the debt calculation;
(b) A typographical error in the stated debt;
(c) Proof that DCS should have suspended the support obligation for all or part of the time period involved in the calculation; or
(d) Proof the noncustodial parent (NCP) made payments that DCS had not previously credited against the support debt.
(2) The debt adjustment notice must contain the following information:
(a) The amount of the reduction;
(b) The reason DCS reduced the support debt, as provided under subsection (1) of this section;
(c) The name of the NCP and a statement that the NCP may attend and participate as an independent party in any hearing requested by the payee under this section; and
(d) A statement that DCS continues to provide support enforcement services whether or not the payee objects to the debt adjustment notice.
(3) A debt adjustment notice served in Washington becomes final unless the payee, within twenty days of service of the notice in Washington, files a request with DCS for a hearing under subsection (4) of this section. The effective date of a hearing request is the date DCS receives the request.
(4) A debt adjustment notice served in another state becomes final according to WAC 388-14A-7200.
(5) A hearing under this section is for the limited purpose of determining if DCS correctly reduced the support debt as stated in the notice of debt adjustment.
(6) A payee who requests a late hearing must show good cause for filing a late hearing request if it is filed more than one year after the date of the notice of debt adjustment.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 26.23.030(3), 34.05.220 (1)(a), 34.05.322, 74.20.101, and 74.08.090. WSR 19-19-060, § 388-14A-5400, filed 9/16/19, effective 10/17/19. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.08.090. WSR 01-03-089, § 388-14A-5400, filed 1/17/01, effective 2/17/01. Formerly WAC 388-14-450.]
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