Both parents should remain financially and legally obligated to the child even if the relationship ends. This division is the district agency that helps the person caring for a child to collect child support from the child's non-custodial parent. This division also helps those who are divorced to collect spousal support.
CSSD has trained staff who provide a variety of services to eligible persons. These services include determining a child's birth parents and establishing paternity and starting a support order; establishing medical support; locating a child's parent for the purpose of establishing paternity and child support; enforcing child support payments and medical support established by court order; collecting child and spousal support payments; and reviewing child support orders and the parents' financial situation to determine whether an increase or decrease is needed.
Some Important Washington Dc Child Support Legal Terms
The parents in a case may be referred to with different names.
Filing for a Washington Dc Child Support Case
If you receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits, or Medicaid Benefits only, the Department of Human Services will automatically refer your name to the Washington Dc child support Services Division. If you are NON-TANF, you can apply for services as early as four months of pregnancy with documentation from a doctor. In order to order to apply for services with the Child Support Services Division, you must complete an application. Please call 202-442-9900 to schedule an appointment or to request a mail-in application. The package will explain all documents needed to file a case.
Establishing The Correct Paternity For Your Child
In the District of Columbia, when a child is born to unmarried parents, there is no automatic legal relationship between the father and the child. The biological father's name will not be placed on the birth certificate without filling out an Acknowledgement of Paternity (AOP). This is called paternity establishment and establishes the biological father as the legal father.
How To Establish The Correct Paternity
Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity:
A mother and or father can voluntarily sign an AOP form. Establishing paternity is easy and free. The process is available to parents if the mother was not married at the time of birth, conception or anytime in between. If both parents do complete the AOP form, they do not have to go to court to establish paternity.
Child Support Services Division (CSSD) can help parents establish paternity by:
District of Columbia law requires Temporary Aid to Need Families (TANF) customers to establish paternity, unless there is a "Good Cause" for not doing so. If you receive TANF benefits, or are seeking a child support order, you must contact CSSD.
Why Is Establishing The Correct Paternity Important?
Rescinding Your AOP
Either parent may rescind the AOP by completing a form and filing it with the Office of Vital Records within 60 days from the date of the last notarized signature. Rescission forms are available at the Department of Health Vital Records Office.
If you need to locate your child's father, or have questions about establishing paternity, please contact your local Department of Health Vital Records office or the Office of the Attorney General, Child Support Services Division, Customer Service Unit at (202) 442-9900.
Washington Dc Child Support Guidelines:
Effective April 1, 2007, Washington Dc child support changed its Support Guidelines. The Child Support Services Division (CSSD) website now provides an online Child Support Guideline Calculator which estimates child support payments based upon your current financial situation. To see how much child support you may be required to pay, please select the Child Support Guideline Calculator link below.
Some FAQ’s dealing with paternity:
Q: What happens if paternity is denied?
Once paternity is denied, a DNA (genetic) test is ordered and both parties ,and minor children are required to submit to testing.
Q: What does voluntary acknowledgement cost?
There is no cost to voluntarily acknowledge paternity. The DC Division of Vital Records charges a $6.00 fee to add a father's name to the child's birth certificate.
Q: Do we have to sign right away?
For the fathers name to go on the original birth certificate, the acknowledgement will usually need to be signed before the mother and child leave the hospital. But, the original birth certificate can be changed if the parents acknowledge paternity at a later time.
Q: What if we change our minds?
For Up to 60 days, either parent can change the acknowledgement. After 60 days, changing the acknowledgement will mean going to court.
To help the CSSD help you, remember the following:
Child Support Services Division
By Phone: (Washington Dc child support Agency Directory)
Phone: (202) 442-9900
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