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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 legally and financially 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 other parent.  CSSD also helps those who are divorced to collect spousal support in cases that also involve child support.

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

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

CSSD’s customer service team is available at (202)442-9900 or cssdcustomerservice@dc.gov to answer questions and to help customers with their child support needs.