As part of many divorce cases in DC, child support is an issue of concern for many people. I am asked often, “Will I be able to pay my own bills along with paying child support?”
In the District of Columbia, child support is determined by applying a child support guideline that takes a number of factors into account when determining the appropriate amount of child support that should be paid.
The guideline was designed so that both parents share the responsibility for the support of their child or children.
DC Child Support Guidelines
The gross income of both parents forms the basis for determining child support.
This can include salary, overtime and tips, commissions, bonuses, unemployment compensation, interest or dividends, etc. The child support guideline also takes into account the cost of health insurance for the child or children along with medical expenses above $250 per year per child, such as co-pays, deductibles, orthodontic treatment, dental care, etc. Childcare expenses are also taken into account if childcare is necessary for either parent in order to work or go to school.