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Washington readers who enjoy following news of their favorite Hollywood stars may be quite familiar with a contentious battle that has been ongoing between Rob Kardashian and the mother of his 2-year-old daughter. The toddler’s mom, Blac Chyna, had been receiving $20,000 per month in child support to provide for her daughter’s needs. The former couple’s custody and parenting case has finally been resolved, and Kardashian is reportedly quite happy with the outcome.

The judge overseeing the case ruled that Kardashian no longer has to pay child support at all. Instead, the parents will share custody for their daughter 50/50. The parent who has custody at any given time will be obligated to provide for the child’s financial needs. Perpetual expenses, such as those pertaining to education or medical care, will be divided evenly between the two parents.

Going from paying $20,000 per month to zero is definitely a significant modification. Washington parents who are currently having trouble meeting child support payments may petition the court to modify the terms of their agreements as well. Such modifications may be temporary or permanent and will be subject to the court’s discretion after reviewing the factors of a specific case.

Most Washington judges believe children fare best in shared custody and parenting situations. There are, however, exceptions that might prompt the court to deem a parent unfit. Every family is unique, and each judge considers factors on a case-by-case basis to determine what is best for the child or children involved. An experienced family law attorney can help a parent protect his or her rights and interests during custody or child support proceedings.