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Washington May Propose Child Support Payments for Drunk Drivers Who Kill Parents

When people make the bad decision to drink and drive, they put everyone who may have to deal with them during the course of this conduct in danger.  Tragically, many people are killed as a result of drunk drivers, and to date these situations have left the children of parents who are killed because of this crime without many options.  Recently, a state legislator in Washington has announced the idea of a new bill that would deal with this issue.

Specifically, this legislator is working with a DUI Task Force in order to put together a proposal that would require people convicted of a fatal drunk driving offense to pay child support to the children of victims who were killed because of their actions.  The group is hoping to fine-tune these proposals before the next state legislative session in an attempt to formally propose this legislation in an attempt to pass it into law.

At this point, the option available for children who lose parents to drunk drivers is to have an adult and/or guardian file wrongful death lawsuits against the drunk driver who killed a parent.  While this is an option for some people, the reality is that such laws do not cover every situation.  It’s the belief of those in favor of this idea that imposing child support requirements would provide for some basic necessities even after the convicted defendant is released from prison.

San Diego Child Support Lawyers

Clearly, children who lose parents to drunk drivers face a lifetime of struggle and loss, and to date the issue of child support has rarely ventured outside the realm of family law issues.  Whether this idea ever becomes a law remains to be seen, but if it does it’s sure to be met with stiff legal challenges by different entities.

Anyone who currently faces any issues relating to child support needs to take immediate action for their own reasons, mostly to avoid facing serious legal consequences.  If this includes you, the best step to take is to seek the help of San Diego child support lawyers who have been fighting for the rights of fathers for many years.  Contact the Men’s Legal Center today to schedule an initial consultation.