District of Columbia Child Support Factors

Either parent may be ordered to pay reasonable child support during and after a divorce proceeding. Detailed specific child support guidelines are contained in Title 16, Chapter 9, Sections 916.1 and 916.2. Variations from the official child support guidelines are allowed based on the following factors: (1) the childís needs are exceptional; (2) the non-custodial parentís income is substantially less than the custodial parentís income; (3) a property settlement between the parents provides resources for the child above the minimum support requirements; (4) the non-custodial parent provides support for other dependents and the guideline amounts would cause hardship; (5) the non-custodial parent needs a temporary reduction [of no longer than 12 months] in support payments to repay a substantial debt; (6) the custodial parent provides medical insurance coverage; (7) the custodial parent receives child support payments for other children and the custodial parentís household income is substantially greater than that of the non-custodial parent; and (8) any other extraordinary factors. Child support may be ordered to be paid through the Clerk of the Superior Court. [District of Columbia Code Annotated; Title 16, Chapter 9, Sections 911, 916, 916.01, 916.1, and Title 46, Section 201].

District of Columbia child support is typically calculated by using a Child Support Worksheet. The worksheet will generate an appropriate District of Columbia child support obligation according to each spouse’s income and other relative numeric factors such as taxes paid and retirement contributions, etc.. Once this amount is determined it is essential to take a look at any appropriate District of Columbia child support deviation factors that may be applicable to the situation. You can get more information about District of Columbia child support in the District of Columbia state statutes located at: