Child Support Lawyer in Washington, DC
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Anyone who lives with and cares for a minor child may file for child support. You do not need to be the child’s parent or have court-ordered custody or guardianship of the child.
You can file a child support case in DC whether or not you live in the District. However, the individual against whom the case is filed must either live in DC or meet one of the following criteria:
- The individual is personally served with notice within DC;
- The individual consents to the jurisdiction of DC;
- The individual resided with the child in DC;
- The individual resided in DC and provided financial support before or after the birth of the child;
- The child resides in DC because of something the individual did or said;
- The individual engaged in sexual intercourse in DC and the child may have been conceived by that act of intercourse; or
- DC law otherwise permits the individual to be sued in DC courts.
You can request help with a child support case from the Child Support Services Division of the DC Attorney General’s office, which is located at 441 4th Street, N.W. (two blocks from the courthouse near one exit from the Judiciary Square metro station). If you receive TANF or Medicaid, the DC Attorney General’s office may file a case either at your request or at any time on its own. If you do not receive Medicaid or TANF benefits, you can request the help of the DC Attorney General by submitting an application form and paying a $5 fee. When the DC Attorney General’s office files a case for child support, it represents the DC Government in the case, not either of the parents.
If you want court-ordered child support and there is no child support order, you can file a Petition to Establish Paternity and/or for Child. You can also request child support as part of a complaint for custody or divorce. Trusted Legal Solutions can help with every step of the process.
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