The DC Child Support Guideline provides the framework for child support calculations. However, the Statute allows for departure from the guideline-calculated amount and several exceptions apply. For example, each party may receive credit for a minor child in his or her care, credit for medical coverage, extraordinary household expenses, etc. It is particularly important to have the assistance of an experienced Washington DC child support lawyer to properly apply the guideline to your case and to make sure all appropriate departures from the guideline are credited to your statutory obligation.
As the child support amount continues until the age of 21, it is essential to have a thorough analysis early on to make sure your child support obligations are not exceeding the guideline amount and that all applicable credits are applied. The child support calculations drastically reduces if the child is in your care for 35% or more of the allotted times. Thus in some aspects the child support liability and the physical custody interrelate and it is paramount to settle both cases if applicable simultaneously. Do refer to our detailed blog post on this particular topic.
Moreover often times modifications to the child support obligations are necessary when there are changes in circumstances, that is, employment change, geographical move, placement change, etc.
It is paramount to have the assistance of an expert family law DC child support lawyer before committing to a child support sum either as a receiver of the sum or one who is under obligation to pay child support.
Contact our family law DC child support lawyers today for a detailed evaluation and assessment of your child support payment.
Please also refer to our resources section to review the entire DC Child Support Guideline.