Child Support Enforcement Defense Motion

Prove to Me Why You Should Get 50/50…

Are the days of having to prove why you deserve equal custody of your child coming to an end?

Looking through the history of the child custody laws in the state of Washington, you might not think so. Over the years, Washington residents have had several changes to their child custody statutes and no doubt have thought each time…”this is the year we get equal custody.” But this has not been the case yet and none of the child custody law changes have resulted in equal parenting time being ordered when it comes down to a judge deciding.

5050 washington state1In 2013, it was revealed through a legislative mandate that if parents didn’t agree to equal custody, they were only likely to receive it approximately 2% of the time from a judge in a contested hearing.


Historically, Washington statutes have had language in them that indicate that the state knows that parenting is a right and that the control, custody, and care of the child should be restricted as minimally as possible. However, these policies have not had the effects that Washington legislators apparently have wanted and they are attempting to amend their statutes again.


Washington State this year has a proposed equal parenting custody bill, HB 1554, that changes the language in the RCW Statute to “substantially equal” time to “equal” with the burden on the parent disagreeing with equal parenting plans to prove why it is not in the child’s best interest to have equal time with the other parent.

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Written by Sherry Palmer

As a constitutional family rights expert researcher and writer, Sherry helps parents and their attorneys see the possibilities in making constitutional arguments for parental rights as being in the child’s best interests. She enables parents and attorneys to assert rights and convert the constitutional principles into everyday practice and natural language. Sherry does this through creating and teaching online digital courses, speaking, webinars, and workshops. Sherry’s teachings are unique and cutting edge to the family law industry developed by her and her husband. Sherry attributes successfully developing the most powerful tools and a five-stage formula to assist attorneys and pro se parents get better results and fight legal abuses that occur in the family court settings.