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Child Support in Washington D.C.

Child support guidelines are a hybrid model, sharing aspects of both the income shares and percentage of income models. The award is based on parties' gross incomes, with a self-support reserve for each parent.

Both parents are responsible for the support of their children, and the payment of child support is gender-neutral. Prior child support orders that are being paid are deducted from a parent's income before the child support obligation is computed.

The support guidelines are applied unless the resulting support would be unjust or inappropriate.

When the child spends at least 40 percent of the time with each parent, child support guidelines are advisory, not presumptive, and the court has discretion to modify the guidelines.

The court determines the support amount according to the current child support guidelines that are in place. Child support may be ordered to be paid through the Clerk of the Superior Court. Child support is described in the District of Columbia Code - Title 16 - Chapter 9 - Sections: 911, 916.

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Other Expenses and Deductions

Extraordinary expenses are either add-ons, where the expense is added to the support payment, or deductions, where the amount is deducted, and indicated as either mandatory or permissive. Extraordinary medical expenses are deviation factors.

Child Support Enforcement

Child Support Services Division in the District is located at:

441 4th Street, NW, Suite 550N
Washington, DC 20001

The telephone number is (202) 442-9900.

The CSSD has many ways to collect child support if it is not paid voluntarily. The CSSD will use all remedies it determines necessary to help you get your support payments. These actions include: garnishing the noncustodial parent’s pay; interception of his or her state and federal income tax refunds; attachment of lottery winnings; suspension of driver’s licenses and passports, and criminal and civil contempt.

More information about Washington D.C. Child Support Enforcement can be found at their website.


By statute, a child is entitled to support until age 21.

Deviation Factors

The court deviates if it concludes that the child support is not appropriate in a given case. In doing this, the court considers whether or not:

  • the child’s needs are exceptional;
  • the noncustodial parent’s income is substantially less than the custodial parent’s income;
  • a property settlement between the parents provides resources for the child above the minimum support requirements;
  • the noncustodial parent provides support for other dependents and the guideline amounts would cause hardship;
  • the noncustodial parent needs a temporary reduction [of no longer than 12 months] in support payments to repay a substantial debt;
  • the custodial parent provides medical insurance coverage;
  • the custodial parent receives child support payments for other children and the custodial parent’s household income is substantially greater than that of the noncustodial parent; and
  • any other extraordinary factors.

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