Support Order

Calculating Child Support

Child support in the District of Columbia is calculated using an exact formula set by DC law.  The DC Guideline Calculator can be used to estimate the child support amount in each case.

Establishing an Order

In the District of Columbia, the process of setting child support requires a hearing in DC Superior Court. CSSD personnel work with the child(ren)'s parent or caregiver to prepare a petition and present it to the court during the hearing. Additionally, medical support is a part of each petition, as required by federal and DC law. Based on the evidence presented, the court enters an order.  The order sets out the financial and/or medical support responsibilities for one or both of the child's parents.