26.23.100  <<  26.23.110 >>   26.23.120

Procedures when amount of support obligation needs to be determinedNoticeAdjudicative proceedingRules.

(1) The department may serve a notice of support owed on a responsible parent when a support order:
(a) Does not state the current and future support obligation as a fixed dollar amount;
(b) Contains an escalation clause or adjustment provision for which additional information not contained in the support order is needed to determine the fixed dollar amount of the support debt or the fixed dollar amount of the current and future support obligation, or both; or
(c) Provides that the responsible parent is responsible for paying for a portion of uninsured medical costs, copayments, and/or deductibles incurred on behalf of the child, but does not reduce the costs to a fixed dollar amount.
(2) The department may serve a notice of support owed on a parent who has been designated to pay per a support order a portion of uninsured medical costs, copayments, or deductibles incurred on behalf of the child, but only when the support order does not reduce the costs to a fixed dollar amount.
(3) The department may serve a notice of support owed to determine a parent's monthly payment toward the premium as defined in RCW 26.09.105, if the support order does not set a fixed dollar amount for the monthly payment toward the premium.
(4) The notice of support owed shall facilitate enforcement of the support order and implement and effectuate the terms of the support order, rather than modify those terms. When the office of support enforcement issues a notice of support owed, the office shall inform the payee under the support order.
(5) The notice of support owed shall be served on a responsible parent by personal service or any form of mailing requiring a return receipt. The notice shall be served on the applicant or recipient of services by first-class mail to the last known address. The notice of support owed shall contain an initial finding of the fixed dollar amount of current and future support obligation that should be paid or the fixed dollar amount of the support debt owed under the support order, or both.
(6) A parent who objects to the fixed dollar amounts stated in the notice of support owed has twenty days from the date of the service of the notice of support owed to file an application for an adjudicative proceeding or initiate an action in superior court.
(7) The notice of support owed shall state that the parent may:
(a) File an application for an adjudicative proceeding governed by chapter 34.05 RCW, the administrative procedure act, in which the parent will be required to appear and show cause why the fixed dollar amount of support debt or current and future support obligation, or both, stated in the notice of support owed is incorrect and should not be ordered; or
(b) Initiate an action in superior court.
(8) If either parent does not file an application for an adjudicative proceeding or initiate an action in superior court, the fixed dollar amount of current and future support obligation or support debt, or both, stated in the notice of support owed shall become final and subject to collection action.
(9) If an adjudicative proceeding is requested, the department shall mail a copy of the notice of adjudicative proceeding to the parties.
(10) If either parent does not initiate an action in superior court, and serve notice of the action on the department and the other party to the support order within the twenty-day period, the parent shall be deemed to have made an election of remedies and shall be required to exhaust administrative remedies under this chapter with judicial review available as provided for in RCW 34.05.510 through 34.05.598.
(11) An adjudicative order entered in accordance with this section shall state the basis, rationale, or formula upon which the fixed dollar amounts established in the adjudicative order were based. The fixed dollar amount of current and future support obligation or the amount of the support debt, or both, determined under this section shall be subject to collection under this chapter and other applicable state statutes.
(12) The department shall also provide for:
(a) An annual review of the support order if either the office of support enforcement or the parent requests such a review; and
(b) A late adjudicative proceeding if the parent fails to file an application for an adjudicative proceeding in a timely manner under this section.
(13) If an annual review or late adjudicative proceeding is requested under subsection (12) of this section, the department shall mail a copy of the notice of adjudicative proceeding to the parties' last known address.
(14) The department has rule-making authority to enact rules consistent with 42 U.S.C. Sec. 652(f) and 42 U.S.C. Sec. 666(a)(19) as amended by section 7307 of the deficit reduction act of 2005. Additionally, the department has rule-making authority to implement regulations required under 45 C.F.R. Parts 302, 303, 304, 305, and 308.

NOTES:

Effective date2009 c 476: See note following RCW 26.09.105.
Severability2007 c 143: See note following RCW 26.18.170.
Effective dates1989 c 360 §§ 9, 10, 16, and 39: See note following RCW 74.20A.060.
Effective date1989 c 175: See note following RCW 34.05.010.
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