District of Columbia Child Support

Child Support Services Division (CSSD)

“When the relationship between a child’s parents ends, it does not mean that either parent’s responsibility for that child ends. Both parents remain financially and legally obligated to a child no matter whether the parents remain together or not.

The purpose of DC’s Child Support Services Division (CSSD) is to help the person caring for a child to collect child support from the child’s non-custodial parent.  CSSD also helps those who are divorced to collect spousal support.

CSSD has trained professional staff that provides a variety of services to eligible persons. These services include the following:

  • locating a child’s parent for the purpose of establishing parentage and child support
  • establishing parentage
  • establishing a support order
  • establishing medical support
  • enforcing child support payments and medical support established by court order
  • collecting child and spousal support payments
  • reviewing child support orders to determine whether an adjustment is needed

CSSD’s Customer Service unit is available to answer questions and help customers with their child support needs. ” — CSSD

Overview

Child support in the District of Columbia is based on the income of both parents and the needs of the child. The amount of child support ordered by the court will depend on many factors, including:

  • The income of both parents
  • The number of children involved
  • The ages of the children
  • The cost of childcare
  • The cost of health insurance for the children
  • Other financial resources available to either parent

For more information on how child support is calculated in the District of Columbia, please visit the CSSD website or utilize our resources and child support calculator below.

District of Columbia CSSD

Child Support Services Division, Office of the Attorney General
Judiciary Square
441 Fourth Street NW 550 N
Washington, District of Columbia 20001
Office: (202) 724-2131
Fax: (202) 724-3710
Customer Service: (202) 442-9900

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